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Agriculture and climate change: Real problems, false solutions

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    Agriculture and climate change: Real problems, false solutions Preliminary report by Econexus, Biofuelwatch, Grupo de Reflexion Rural and NOAH - Friends of the
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      Agriculture and climate change: Real problems, false solutions

      Preliminary report by Econexus, Biofuelwatch, Grupo de Reflexion Rural and NOAH - Friends of the Earth Denmark

      by Helena Paul, Almuth Ernsting, Stella Semino, Susanne Gura & Antje Lorch

      September 2009

      This is an updated draft version of a report whose final version will be published before the Climate Change Conference COP15 in Copenhagen, December 2009

      online available at www.econexus.info

      This report examines some of the promises currently being made for
      industrial agriculture, currently a major source of emissions, to reduce the
      impacts of climate change. These include claims for the benefits of no-till
      or conservation tillage practices; biochar for soil carbon sequestration and
      soil fertility; the intensification of industrial livestock and aquaculture
      production; and genetic engineering of crops, enzymes and microorganisms,
      promoted to increase production, reduce emissions and better tolerate
      climate change.

      The report also includes a brief analysis of the likely impacts of carbon
      trading if further extended to agriculture, especially to soil carbon. It
      touches on the issue of so-called marginal land, now being claimed,
      purchased and enclosed in the name of producing bioenergy without competing
      with food production. Finally it hints at alternative visions for
      agriculture firmly based in biological and cultural diversity, in tune with
      ecosystems and helping to stabilise climate.

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