Worldwatch Report #188: Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production
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by Danielle Nierenberg and Laura Reynolds
Publication Date: December 2012
Higher temperatures and unpredictable weather events are disrupting life sustaining agriculture in many parts of the world, derailing efforts to reduce hunger and poverty in the world’s poorest regions. Because agriculture relies on healthy soil, adequate water, and a delicate balance of gases in the atmosphere, farming is the human endeavor most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. At the same time, agriculture is a major driver of human caused climate change, contributing anywhere from 25 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.