Understanding Carbon and Emissions
Farming systems produce greenhouse gas emissions, mostly in the form of methane (mostly caused by animal digestion and respiration) and nitrous oxide (mostly from fertilisers). Trees, plants, grasses and soils take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to grow. There are six key areas that cover the on-farm carbon and emissions story.
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In Australia the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration on farm is a relatively new area. There are many areas where reductions of emissions can result in on-farm productivity gains, particularly through minimisation of lost energy. Understanding how the management of carbon and emissions influences productivity is important for the future of farming.
There are also additional benefits to managing carbon and emissions including reducing on farm costs and increasing market opportunities. As consumers become more aware of food and fibre production systems, new markets may evolve. Environmental labelling of food and fibre products has already been incorporated into overseas markets and products. For example some UK supermarkets have labelling information on how much carbon has been emitted in the production of a product.
Understanding Carbon and Emissions can help Victorian agriculture to:
- add value to our global reputation for producing clean and green food and fibre
- capitalise on new markets for primary produce as well as eco-services such as carbon
- increase productivity through greater efficiencies and new technologies.
The Carbon Toolkits in Agriculture Network
Stay informed about carbon and emissions through the Carbon Toolkits in Agriculture Network. Membership is free and for anyone wanting to keep up-to-date with the latest news, tools and more regarding carbon and emissions in agriculture. You can;
- read the latest Carbon Toolkits in Agriculture Network update
- access the latest on-farm greenhouse gas accounting tools and resources
- join the Network and subscribe to our updates, please complete the online form
For more information please have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions about the Network and if you still have questions, please Call: 136 186
Making cent$ of carbon and emissions on-farm
Find out more about carbon and emissions on-farm in DPI's new Making Cents of Carbon and Emissions on-farm booklet. Order your copies online today.
Greenhouse gas cycles in agriculture
Learn more about the cycles of the greenhouse gases nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide in agricultural systems.