Agriculture Report – Practicing Climate-Friendly Agriculture

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Agriculture Report - Practicing Climate-Friendly Agriculture

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produces a lot of the heat-trapping gasses that scientists to rising temperatures and climate change. Agriculture also can hurt by the effects of climate change. The Worldwatch in Washington suggests ways that agriculture can reduce its on the environment. Worldwatch released a report called "Innovations Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production." Researcher Danielle Nierenberg one of its authors. She says 25 to 30 of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. This because fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic drugs, transportation and processing are dependent on oil, gas and coalDanielle Nierenberg says animal has an especially big effect on the environment. She that more meat is being eaten in countries like , China and India. As a result, more industrial factory are being built in the developing world. The report six land and water use practices that it says sustainable. These include growing trees on farmland to reduce erosion and planting cover crops to protect soil from , heat and pests. Danielle Nierenberg says urban farming can as well. Growing more food in cities can reduce costs, she says. Urban residents then can buy food within their communities. Other recommendations include recycling wastewater in , drip irrigation, and catching and storing rainwater. The United estimates that changes in the agriculture industry could cut carbon dioxide production by 88 percent. For VOA Learning , I'm Alex Villarreal.

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