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Agricultural emissions hit ten-year low in 2022

By Farms.com

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its latest findings on greenhouse gas emissions, with 2022 turning out to be a landmark year for American agriculture. The sector witnessed a 1.8 percent decrease in emissions, making it the leader in emission reductions compared to other economic sectors.

In a detailed analysis, the reduction in agricultural emissions was mainly due to decreases in three key areas - crop cultivation, livestock, and fuel combustion. Crop-related emissions decreased by six million metric tons, while livestock emissions saw a 2.1 percent reduction, amounting to another six million metric tons. Emissions from agricultural fuel combustion also fell by one million metric tons, dropping by 1.2 percent.

The positive trend in emissions reduction is particularly noteworthy given the increase in the US population, which has risen by over 80 million people since 1990. Despite this growth, per capita emissions from agriculture have seen a 20 percent decrease. Adjusted for productivity, this figure improves to a 25 percent reduction over the past two decades.

These figures highlight the effectiveness of ongoing conservation efforts and the adoption of market-based incentives to encourage environmentally friendly farming practices. The agricultural sector's commitment to sustainability is evident in its reduced carbon footprint, paving the way for continued ecological and economical advancements in farming practices.


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