Farmers Believe In Climate Change But Don’t Think Humans Are The Cause, New Poll Shows
A new poll shows American farmers overwhelmingly believe climate change is real and will create significant weather problems. …but they do not think it’s caused by human actions.
- 80% of farmers* believe climate change is occurring, and more than half are concerned with its impact on their operations.
- Just 18% believe human activities are causing climate change.
The president of the Great Plains Institute suggests that farmers would be on board if it is framed as a financial decision instead of a philosophical decision. “As long as people are prepared and willing to adopt practices that can help society decarbonize,” Nordstrom said.
Nordstrom advocates for government agencies to provide incentives for farmers to reduce their carbon footprint and play a role in carbon sequestration, such as taking carbon removed from the atmosphere and burying it underground.
*2021 Farm and Rural Life Poll conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.
“Farmers have experienced a lot of extreme weather since 2011, from droughts to extreme wet, and it’s likely that’s driving some of the changes in perspectives,” said J. Arbuckle, professor and extension sociologist at Iowa State University. “Of course, farmers are closer to the weather than most folks, and that extreme weather can really make it difficult to plant, raise and harvest high-quality crops.”