OK, we already know that industrial agriculture causes massive environmental harm, economic injustice, and cruelty to animals — but did you know it’s also a major contributor to the climate crisis? Check out this new report from the Center for International Environmental Law.
The report documents climate impacts from:
* massive release of CO2 in the process of producing the ammonia on which nitrogen fertilizers are based
* release of nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas 256 times more potent than CO2) from soils treated with nitrogen fertilizers
* release of CO2 from the disintegration of nitrogen fertilizer after it’s applied to the soil.
* continuous over-use of pesticides and fertilizer could be impairing the soil’s ability to absorb and sequester carbon
AND industrial agriculture helps keep the the fossil fuel industry going. “According to the IEA, fertilizers represent the greatest near-term growth sector for petroleum feedstock use.”
The report shows that fossil fuel and industrial agriculture companies are greenwashing their image by claiming that “blue hydrogen” and “blue ammonia,” along with carbon capture, are actually solutions to the climate crisis.
For a full discussion of these issues, see the full report:
Fossils, Fertilizers, and False Solutions