April 28, 2009

Farmers Must Feed the World While Reducing Emissions

farm_work.jpg Farmers are facing what many feel is an impossible task: they must feed the growing world population while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From farting cows to growing crops that emit nitrous oxide, agriculture is globally a major source of greenhouse gases. According to scientist Richard John Eckard of the University of Melbourne:
We want agriculture to feed the world. We want farmers to be viable and continue to increase the rate of productivity growth. At the same time, we're telling them they are going to face a more harsh climate they need to adapt to. On top of that you impose a policy that you can now only emit a fraction of the emissions that you were emitting.
Australia is exempting agriculture, which accounts for 16 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, from its emissions trading scheme until 2015.
Via: Reuters AlertNet

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