Crop Biotech Update

CAST Report on Climate Change Controversy

October 14, 2011

"Emissions of CO2, CH4, and N20 from agriculture are the result of both human-induced and natural processes in the ecosystem .... they can be lowered through modified land use and management." This statement in the Task Force Report on Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities highlights climate change issues based on science-based research.

Published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), the 116-page reports that: ยท

  • Concentrations of GHG/CO2 emissions have already increased to levels not experienced in well over 800,000 years;
  • A number of practices for which increased carbon sequestration and decreased emissions of GHGs have been established or, in some cases, are presently under investigation;
  • The probability that bioenergy crops done right offer opportunities for providing GHG benefits.

Check out the CAST press release at http://www.cast-science.org/.