Biden’s 30×30 plan and American the Beautiful report go to almost comical lengths to call the conservation effort voluntary as farmer concerns linger.
Bill Gates has done incredible work in sciences and philanthropy and is doing what any investor would do: make more money. Only he’s including farmland.
“When the land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by the land–when both end up better by the reason of their partnership–then we have conservation. When one or the other grows poorer, either in substance, or in character, or in responsiveness to sun, wind and rain, then we have something else, […]
Farmers have long been stewards of the land, quite often serving as its most steadfast guardian, and the benefits of farmland conservation are numerous.