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The production of crops and animals globally is responsible for an estimated 13.5% of annual greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC 2007).


Brazil - Livestock Case Study

Current agricultural production is heavily dependent on fossil fuel inputs both upstream – fertilizers, pesticides, equipment fuel, power – and downstream in the distribution chain. Agricultural production also results in the release of emissions as a result of the clear-cutting of forests for additional pasture and cropland. The ultimate goal is to balance the need to feed a growing global population with the imperative to preserve our environment for future generations. This requires moving towards more sustainable agricultural production.


There are several areas with significant potential for dramatically reducing emissions that are cost-competitive today under current policy. Further, these approaches could unlock billions of dollars in new business opportunities for entrepreneurs offering sustainable agriculture products and systems.

Help us continue our research and identify opportunities; click on the sub-sectors to learn more, join our groups on LinkedIn, and read our case study about the Brazil livestock market.


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