Ag Is Good For Environment
Advances in high-yield agriculture during the latter part of the 20th century prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases– the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide – from entering the atmosphere. That’s the conclusion of a team of Stanford University scientists attempting to clarify the effects of agriculture on the environment.
“Our results dispel the notion that modern intensive agriculture is inherently worse for the environment than a more ‘old-fashioned’ way of doing things,” said Jennifer Burney, lead author of a paper about the Stanford study that will be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Yield intensification has lessened the pressure to clear land and reduced emissions by up to 13 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year.
For more about the research and conclusions, go to “Greenhouse Gas Mitigation.”