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Question of the Week – How does agriculture contribute to climate change?

Question of the Week - How does agriculture contribute to climate change?

Each week, we will answer a question from our readers regarding our operations and community outreach here in Puerto Rico.

This week we answer the question, “how does agriculture contribute to climate change?”

Agriculture directly emits greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane from livestock production, nitrous oxide from fertilizer and manure use and carbon from tilling the soil the operation of farming equipment and the production and use of inputs like fertilizer and pesticides.

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However, the largest source of atmospheric carbon related to farming occurs when agricultural expansion leads to deforestation or draining of wetlands, which reduces the ability of the natural ecosystem to absorb and store carbon.

On the other hand, farmers also help combat climate change through carbon neutral agricultural practices. Find out more in the following video.

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