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Farmers lead the charge - US agriculture lowers emissions

By Farms.com

The fight against climate change is receiving a boost from an unexpected source - US agriculture. A recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that the sector has achieved its lowest level of greenhouse gas emissions in a decade.

This impressive feat is attributed to the voluntary conservation efforts undertaken by American farmers and ranchers. The report shows a nearly 2% reduction in agricultural emissions from 2021 to 2022, exceeding the decrease observed in any other economic sector. This translates to a significant drop of 12 million metric tons of emissions compared to the previous year.

Analysts at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) emphasize the importance of these efforts, noting that agriculture contributes less than 10% of total US emissions. The continued decline in emissions showcases the effectiveness of voluntary measures and market-based incentives in promoting sustainable practices within the agricultural industry.


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