The biggest greenhouse gas emission in Australia’s farming sector is from the production of fertilisers and pesticides, according to the latest research by the Australian Government.
The latest research showed a 40 per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014-15.
The findings come amid a push to curb emissions from the agricultural sector, following the collapse of the global trade in goods and services.
“It’s clear that the Australian farm sector is contributing significantly to global climate change,” Professor Simon Crampton from the University of New South Wales, said.
“We know that the production and use of fertiliser and pesticides contributes substantially to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture.”
The main driver of this change in GHG emissions is the rise in the use of nitrogen fertiliser in farming.
“The new research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the biggest greenhouse- gas emissions from farming in Australia came from the fertiliser sector.
The data also shows that, of the 7,100 farms with the highest GHG emission, the biggest emitters were the Australian Cattleman’s Association, the Australian Wheat Board, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Commonwealth Fund.
“In 2014-2015, CBA’s Australian Calf and Pork Production was valued at $8.7 billion, making it the world’s third largest producer of beef and the fifth largest producer in pork.” “
The Australian CBA is the largest beef and pork producer in Australia and the largest dairy producer in the world,” the CBA said in a statement.
“In 2014-2015, CBA’s Australian Calf and Pork Production was valued at $8.7 billion, making it the world’s third largest producer of beef and the fifth largest producer in pork.”
CBA Australia general manager Peter Meecham said that “our industry has invested more than $7 billion in green technologies over the past four decades”.
He said that the new research showed the importance of reducing the use and emissions of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture.
“Nitrogen fertiliser is a by-product of the production process, which can have a substantial impact on the greenhouse gases emissions associated with the fertilisation process,” he said.