Monday, March 27, 2006

Farmers are big polluters

Agriculture contributes 19.2% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the emissions of motor vehicles and other forms of transport (14.4%), according to a report by the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2002. Ploughing releases large amounts of CO2 as does burning stubble. Both activities deplete carbon in the soil. If the Government rewarded farmers for adopting minimum till or no till approaches, it would reduce greenhouse emissions and make a positive contribution to the global warming effort. That would be additional to the carbon sequestered in the undisturbed soil. just one more good reason to mandate emissions trading so energy users pay the true cost of the energy they use.

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