A growing number of agricultural companies are searching for ways to reduce carbon emissions. Increasing their production rates while shrinking their carbon footprints helps meet global consumption demands as the population grows.
Environmental researchers are creating advancements that improve conservation and reduce global food insecurity. These systems help enhance sustainability to meet environmental preservation goals.
As a result, you may want to upgrade your production systems and techniques to lower your agricultural organization’s greenhouse gas emissions. Evaluating the market and available resources can help feed a growing population with less adverse impact on the environment.
Discover three methods to begin reducing your agricultural company’s carbon footprint today.
1. Vertical Farming
Vertically stacking plants on shelves or tall pillars provides 10 times the yield for a given land area. The plants are grown in enclosed conditions using LED lights and closed-loop water recycling.
A vertical farm can fit the equivalent of 700 acres of farmland in a building the size of a large grocery store. Monitoring the lighting to control the day length and season can result in harvesting crops all year.
There is no need for pesticides in this setup. Also, because the plants are grown in clean conditions, they do not need to be washed before eating.
These techniques reduce the need for urban areas to import their food due to limited access to green spaces. Growing fruits, vegetables, and grains indoors shrinks production, distribution, and transportation emissions.
2. Methane Reduction
Carbon emissions can be reduced by using biotic tools. These advanced agricultural management tools detect and remove methane emissions from local environments.
Nutrients from the leftover methane can be used for livestock feed. This repurposing to support animal consumption needs creates a closed-loop system.
Adding methane-reduction products to cattle feed further reduces greenhouse emissions. The less gas the animals create, the smaller the agricultural footprint.
3. Plant-Based Meat
Creating plant-based meat alternatives lowers carbon emissions. This is increasing in demand among consumers who have eco-conscious diets.
Plant-based meat production requires substantially less water and land than animal-based meat production. Plant-based meat production also causes significantly less water pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
One example is seitan, a meat alternative developed from wheat. Its carbon footprint is significantly smaller than beef. This makes seitan production substantially more sustainable than beef production.
Transitioning to plant-based meat uses substantially fewer natural resources. This lets ecosystems and the biodiversity they support more efficiently recover, function, and thrive.
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