Ocasio-Cortez Seeks Ag Data on Green New Deal

March 4, 2019 03:18 PM
An ag air quality expert is working to set the record straight for the Green New Deal put forward by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

When freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released her Green New Deal plan, social media lit up with talk of her plan’s mentions of “farting cows.” That drew the attention of agriculture’s preeminent expert on air quality, Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California at Davis, who tweeted back at the congresswoman. 

“I don’t know whether my tweet was the reason, but a few hours after I tweeted her, all mentioning of cow flatulence were taken off the web pages and of all social media outlets and was never to be heard again,” Mitloehner told Chip Flory on the AgriTalk Radio Show Monday.

That wasn’t the end of the conversation.

“Last week her office, or someone affiliated with her office, contacted me, and we had at least an hour discussion about which role agriculture can play in order to reduce climate impacts,” Mitloehner explained. “And I was very glad to inform of what I know, and they were very receptive to it.”

Mitloehner warned those in agriculture to not take the Green New Deal lightly, especially since Ocasio-Cortez is reaching out to experts in agriculture.

“I take all of that very seriously. Many of my colleagues don’t seem to take it very seriously, but I take it very seriously,” he said. “I hear all these people talk about sustainability to farmers, okay? Now you tell me, who in the world is a greater expert in sustainability than a farmer? Who knows more about the interplay of soils and plants and animals and climate and all of that than a farmer? And who has a greater interest in the sustainability of their lands than farmers?”

Consequently, Mitloehner argues farmers should be leading the discussion on sustainability.

“To put them into this defensive position and for farmers to accept that role of taking on a defensive position is unacceptable to me,” he said. “I think farmers need to be on the front seat, on the driver’s seat on that sustainability train and not view that as a cuss word. It’s not. It is what you do every day, and if you don’t do it, you go bankrupt. It’s that simple.”

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment on agriculture’s role in the Green New Deal.

Listen to Dr. Mitloehner’s full conversation on the AgriTalk Radio Show with Chip Flory in the player below.


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Spell Check

3/4/2019 06:25 PM

  AOC is a fraud. I watched a video earlier today and she was found by a liberal group through a casting call to run for office. What I got from the video is that she never had an interest in politics. Nothing she says or does is an original AOC thought. This group placed 28 people into office. The GND isn't her idea but rather that of this political group. No wonder she cannot provide any details or answer questions when asked about it. Last week she said details were unimportant. With what she is proposing it is the most drastic thing to ever be suggested. Who makes a proposal without doing the research prior to presenting it? She has no idea what she's talking about in nearly every aspect of the proposal. She has no experience anD is no expert in any field. She says the GND will create jobs but she doesn't mention the tens of millions of jobs that will be lost. She doesn't realize that every industry in America is actually tied together in some way. They all rely on eachother. When she attempts to destroy a sector or two it will destroy all sectors of industry as they will all be severely impacted by those being targeted. Her plan has no recourse for how to replace the things that she wants to destroy. If you want to do away with producing something 1 way then how will you replace that? If you want to create a hit list for livestock how will you replace all of the items created from the by-products including lifesaving medications? What about our natural resources? Doing away with fossil fuels? Our country cannot operate without fossil fuels. Impossible. You cannot create your solar and wind power without using natural resources. You cannot build without natural resources. Do you know how steel is made? What about petroleum-based by-products? Do you know what you use daily that is manufactured from those by-products? The list is endless. Starting with the road you drive on, the tires on your mode of transportation, and the roof on your home.

Old farmer
Ostrander, MN
3/5/2019 06:59 AM

  Thanks, sandy for a reasonable comment unlike the other’s idiocies. We must begin putting less carbon in the atmosphere. We can do it, add good jobs, without great inconvenience. Ignorance and greed may leave our grandchildren with a very difficult situation.

south bend, IN
3/4/2019 09:33 PM

  Julie, if this "liberal group" is somebody beyond the democrat party, then please inform us who it is, so we can be aware. No doubt, AOC is somebody to be leary of her intentions and harm she wants to impose upon this country.


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