GHG mitigation from agriculture (XC15)
Since 1970 total global agricultural production has more than doubled and is now responsible for c. 30% of global human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A growing global population requires food production to increase but emissions to be reduced. Agricultural GHG emissions have and are being decoupled from production, and the GHG footprint of agricultural products is 35% lower than 40 years ago. Emission intensity from land-use change, livestock and fodder production have almost halved; only energy-based emissions have increased per unit of food produced. We can try and show how managing the needed future agricultural intensification can be made sustainable, through a deconstructed analysis of the components of GHG emissions in farming. We may conclude that emissions need not increase, even given an increase in future food production.
XC15.1. Overview on studies and research activities relevant for GHG mitigation in crop, feed and livestock production
XC15.2. Evaluation of mitigation vs. adaptation strategies
XC15.3. Establishing links to other GHG mitigation activities