Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

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Grain agriculture and the end of the fossil fuel era

Author: Timothy E. Crews

Publication: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

A great deal of attention is currently focused on how agriculture in highly industrialized coun­tries contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emis­sions, and how certain farming innovations might curb the emissions of nitrous oxide and methane and draw down carbon dioxide from the atmos­phere. What is not being discussed is how agricul­ture in general, and grain agriculture in particular, will need to change as society phases out its dependency on fossil fuels in order to achieve carbon (C) neutrality.

This article is the written version of commentary from the 2023 US Agroecology Summit, where The Land Institute’s Tim Crews delivered this presentation to the event’s attendees. 




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