A New Comparison of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California Agricultural and Urban Land Uses

American Farmland Trust / by Steve Shaffer and Edward Thompson, Jr.

[From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] A new report from a farm preservation group is making the case that agricultural lands should be prized as storehouses for greenhouse gas emissions.

The report, by the nonprofit American Farmland Trust, makes the point that converting farmland to urban use increases its greenhouse gas footprint — by a factor of more than 50…


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