Comments on: Reducing emissions in agriculture: What solutions for a more sustainable farming sector? https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/video/reducing-emissions-in-agriculture-what-solutions-for-a-more-sustainable-farming-sector/ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:40:57 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: re-update https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/video/reducing-emissions-in-agriculture-what-solutions-for-a-more-sustainable-farming-sector/#comment-334300 Sun, 20 May 2018 09:06:35 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=video&p=1239211#comment-334300 The best and only way to decarbonise agriculture (if we think about nitrous oxides aswell as fossil fuel consumption) is to replace chemical crop treatments with industrially produced replacements in a managed, controlled way.

Yara obviously wants to sell Nitrogen fertilizers produced via fossil fuels – however, these nitrogen fertilizers decompose the soil, leach into rivers and oxidise to form nitrous oxides. Soil decomposition effectively destroys soil biota, and prevents the natural processes which enable nitrogen to be fixed from the atmosphere and provided to plants in different ways – greatly improving their health and resilience to different weather conditions.

Biogas production means that farmers have large quantities of organic fertilizer that is produced in AD units that effectively results in nutrient return to soil – a process that is otherwise lacking as plants remove nutrients over time and are fed a chemical diet which does not improve soil health.

So the answer is basically biogas, and application of AD unit substrates to replace chemical crop treatments. Any report from a farmer using this method explains explicitly the comprehensive suite of advantages to using this method, and the quality produce that the industrial application of substrate has on the soil, including negative emissions as the soil gains rather than loses soil carbon.

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