Joe Biden set out on a frozen, windswept eight-day bus tour of rural Iowa last weekend to shore up presidential support following a September swoon. His main talking point: something so seemingly obscure as regenerative agriculture. Riding shotgun in the Bidenmobile: former governor and US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie. They were primed to talk in 18 farm counties, through freezing rains and prairie blizzards, about how a refashioned agriculture can help save the planet and restore fading, often forgotten, towns that voted for Donald Trump out of sheer pent-up frustration. “You’re going to be the new carbon sink for the world, like the Amazon,” Biden told me as the bus rolled past the shuttered storefronts on the backstreets of Sac City, whose population has shrunk by a third since the 1970s. That was when agriculture secretary Earl Butz exhorted farmers to plant fencerow to fencerow to feed the world by using more chemicals and designer seeds just coming on board. We would all be rich and the Chinese would be well-fed on American produce. Except, it didn’t work. We have half as many farmers today, and we are in a trade war with the Chinese seemingly… Read full this story
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