Election season is nearing, and it's been exciting to see that a lot of Democratic candidates are thinking about a greener food and agriculture system. Which candidates' proposals hold the most promise for really addressing the environmental impacts of agriculture?
We focused on agricultural research and development, which, historically, has had the most to offer, primarily by increasing yields while using fewer inputs. Most candidates, however, seem to undervalue the effectiveness of R&D; Bernie Sanders, for example, proposed an increase in funding by $1.5 billion. This sounds substantial, but would only bring funding to the level it was at in the early 2000s.