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Study: food production accounts for alarming percentage of greenhouse gas emissions

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article image These grain baggers offer an environmentally friendly alternative to bagging and storing grain
When we break down the various different processes involved in food production, it becomes evident that its impact on the environment could be quite significant.

On Wednesday, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released a report that quantifies this impact.

According to an article from the Sydney Morning Herald, the report, which is aptly entitled Climate Change and Food Systems, “estimated [that] food production was responsible for between 19 and 29 per cent of mankind’s total greenhouse emissions.”

This statistic takes a range of factors into account, including:

  • The impact of forest clearance
  • The pollution emitted by agricultural machinery and other transport
  • The effects of fertiliser production
Interestingly, this statistic is much higher than that estimated by the United Nations following their own study, which found that food production accounts for 14% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Bruce Campbell, head of research programme on climate change, agriculture and food security, CGIAR believes that these UN statistics simply do not make sense.

“Many countries could make big cost savings by cutting emissions,” he explains. "There are good economic reasons to improve efficiency in agriculture, not just to cut greenhouse gas emissions."

There are many slight changes that farmers can make to reduce environmental impact during the food production process.

The first may involve opting for more energy efficient, environmentally friendly machinery, such as the Silograin Zero Energy Bagger from FarmTech Machinery .

The grain baggers do not require any energy to operate, which means they do not rely on a tractor for their operation and thus emit zero greenhouse gas.

Rather, grain runs freely through the grain baggers and is in fact distributed into the bag by the forces of gravity, which allows for even filling of each bag and reduces the risk of seed damage.

Once full, silo bags can be removed immediately and the grain baggers can operate in a continuous manner for increased productivity.

The grain baggers boast the ability to store grain in 200 tonne capacity bags, which frees up storage space in your barn.

By making incremental changes to the way you produce, store and transport your crops and grain your greenhouse gas emissions will not only be reduced, you will save money, too.

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