Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:52 pm Post subject: Food Production 29% of Greenhouse Gases
A new study says food production accounts for up to 29% of man-made greenhouse gases - twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming.
Looking at emissions across the food system, including forest clearance, fertiliser production and transport, rather than just farming itself, agriculture research organisation CGIAR said much more work was needed to cut climate change emissions from food.
Its report, 'Climate Change and Food Systems', estimated food production was responsible for between 19 and 29% of mankindís total greenhouse emissions, far above UN estimates of 14% based on a narrower definition of farming.
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