Yara and sustainability

High yields stop CO2

About half the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by agricultural activities come from land use change – mainly the cutting down of forests to expand farmland. But smart farming practices can drastically reduce these emissions.

Stanford University has documented how increased productivity in agriculture has prevented substantial amounts of CO2 emissions. The increased yields achieved since 1961 have already stopped 590 billion tons of global CO2 emissions, the study said.

This mainly comes from reducing the need for farmland expanding into forests, peat land and wetland. Such expansion causes substantial amounts of carbon bound in biomass above the ground and in the soil to be emitted as CO2.

The first target of the agricultural sector should be to reduce GHG emissions related to land use change for agriculture. Yara’s research and trials confirm that high-yielding agriculture is climate friendly, and agriculture has a substantial potential for reducing emissions.

We firmly believe that the growing demand for food can be mostly met on the existing farmland. This should be done through sustainable intensification  – producing more crops on the same land with less environmental impact.

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