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Advocates Push For Farmland To Eliminate Carbon Within Its Growth Cycle

By Aimee Lutkin

Agriculture is an aspect of climate change that often gets overlooked as politicians discuss energy production and explore ideas about "clean coal." But, according to Dr. Louis Verchot, who researches soil at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, it accounts for 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Verchot argued in an essay on Quartz that we should consider that number an opportunity, rather than an insurmountable challenge.

It's difficult to make changes worldwide in agriculture, because different countries have different issues with production. It's not just because of regional difference in soil and yield, it's that the levels of technology for farming are extremely varied. As you might expect, North American farmers are coming to rely more and more on technology. Many farmers have even incorporated drones with sensors and cameras to monitor things like moisture levels and soil health.