Agriculture

POLICY DROVE MODERN AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND EMISSIONS DECLINES

Continual modernization of agricultural practices in India, Europe, and southern Brazil enabled increased productivity without marked increases in cultivated land.

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These graphs show the changes in Agriculture policy in Brazil, the EU, and India

 
 
 

Brazil Subsidies to agricultural producers


Brazil made increasing the productivity of agricultural land a priority to reduce expansion into new land and deforestation. Subsidies to producers, in part to modernize their operations, steadily increased over time.

     
     
     
     

    European Union Nitrate vulnerable zones


    Most agricultural policy in Europe was developed for reasons beyond climate protection. Nevertheless, these policies had a very real impact on greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the Nitrates Directive encouraged decreasing levels of nitrate fertilizer application, thus reducing NOx emissions.

       
       
       
       

      India Central government subsidies to agriculture


      Indian agricultural policy focused on modernization of the agricultural sector through subsidies. Though greenhouse gases were not specifically targeted in this effort, modernization had a modest effect on total emissions.