WASHINGTON — Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture fell more than 4% between 2019 and 2020, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The most recent inventory of US greenhouse gas emissions and sinks shows that agriculture continues to account for only 10% of total US emissions, far less than other economic sectors.
American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed EPA data in the latest Market Intel. In 2020, overall emissions from agriculture decreased by at least 4.3%, or 28.8 million metric tons, compared to 2019.
Emissions from agricultural soil management, such as fertilizer application and tillage practices, were reduced by 8.4%.
“The latest numbers show that America’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to feeding American families while remaining committed to improving sustainability,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall.
“Farmers are determined to do even better through voluntary market-based incentives that allow them to capture more greenhouse gases while meeting growing food demand here at home and abroad. »
Compared to 70 years ago, farmers and ranchers get almost three times more from what they produce than they put into it.
Emissions per unit continue to decline in livestock, along with a reduction of 21% for pork, 26% for milk and 11% for beef production.