How often do we think about the food we eat and its impact on climate? Some new Wisconsin crops are part of a major effort to fight climate change by rethinking what we plant and eat.
Find out how changing our farming systems is the key to helping our climate and the health of our waterways. Taste samples of three climate-friendly crops—Kernza® perennial grain, American hazelnuts, and aronia berries.
Natural Climate Solutions
Natural climate solutions are land management, restoration and protection practices that remove carbon from the atmosphere and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. They also have many other benefits, such as reducing soil erosion and improving the quality of surrounding bodies of water. Changing what we grow, where we grow it, and how we manage our agricultural systems is vital to removing carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back in the ground. Here in Wisconsin, three perennial plants are taking root as climate friendly, high-value specialty crop alternatives to conventional crops.
Hear from Dr. Sarah Lloyd from UW Grassland 2.0, Mark Shepard, CEO from Forest Agriculture Enterprises, LLC, Dr. Nicole Tautges from the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and Dr. Keefe Keeley, Executive Director from the Savanna Institute, on how these perennial plants fit into the larger landscape of natural climate solutions.