Agriculture and Climate—The Critical Connection

 This paper provides an overview on the multiple ways agriculture impacts and is impacted by climate change. It makes the case that sustainable farming systems can reduce agriculture’s GHG emissions and be a primary vehicle to stabilize and reverse climate change, while continuing to provide food, feed, fiber, and energy in a changing climate. Achieving “climate-friendly” agriculture systems requires a shift in focus, research and investment away from industrialized, input and fossil-fuel intensive agricultural practices toward low-input, resilient agricultural systems that increase carbon sequestration in the soil and lessen output of greenhouse gases.

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