- Farming is responsible for almost 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
- Agriculture is the root cause of 80% of tropical deforestation.
- Regenerative agroforestry, an agricultural method that mimics natural ecosystems, could help reverse these trends.
Our world is changing. The EU has just declared a climate emergency and stated that Europe must reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – in the same year, our planet’s population is expected to hit 10 billion people. Global food production needs to prepare for an uncertain future and rising populations.
Climate, soil and farming: an intimate relationship
How we produce food is having a massive impact on our planet and driving the climate crisis. Farming is responsible for almost 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Land conversion and external inputs required for industrial agriculture lead to ecological dead-zones. Mechanization and commonly used synthetic fertilizers cause various emissions, while intensive management to raise crop yields releases carbon from the soil.