Policy Pathways for Perennial Agriculture

December 2020

The food system is responsible for an estimated 19 to 29 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Perennial agriculture, which refers to the production of crops that are harvested multiple times and live for several seasons, offers a unique opportunity to drastically reduce these emissions while offering a wide range of additional environmental and societal benefits. Agroforestry systems, in particular, are ready for widescale implementation. Nonetheless, there remains a disconnect between policymakers on one hand, and scientists and farmers on the other, impeding the expansion of perennial practices. This two-day seminar will seek to bridge that gap, facilitating the development of a broad coalition of perennial agriculture proponents in the US agricultural and climate policy arenas.