Agriculture – a climate villain? Maybe not!

Science Daily  July 7, 2020
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agriculture has affirmed that one of the main sources of greenhouse gases. According to the researchers in Sweden agriculture produces a significant amount of negative greenhouse gases, and it is important to reduce this in a sustainable manner. Carbon dioxide is caught by crops that, in turn, produce oxygen and at the same time binds carbon in roots and shoots. One part of this C transforms into soil organic C. But the main part transforms into harvested crops, that is, cereals like wheat and other carbohydrate products which is a positive contribution that is not in the IPCC calculation. The researchers propose concrete measures that can both advance the sector and reduce emissions- they range from ensuring that fields are green throughout the year to the marketing of animal ecosystem services, the use of fossil-free mineral-based fertilizers, the spread of biochar etc…read more. Open Access TECHNICAL ARTICLE

The net effect of photosynthesis and cell respiration. Illustration: The author and Depositphotos Credit: Agronomy Journal, 13 May 2020

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