American agriculture is perhaps the world’s most active. It hires 2,6 million people annually in cultivating food and other goods worth almost $400 billion. More than 20 per cent of its production is exported overseas, making the United States the world’s greatest exporter of agricultural goods. In recent years , U.S. agriculture has also expanded more rapidly, growing crop and livestock production by about 30 per cent from 1997 to 2017, thus growing greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions by just 7 per cent. Growing food production even more and controlling the climate change can be very beneficial.
But also with this development, the U.S. agriculture industry would have to do even more to overcome the global problems of growing demand for food and environment. The demand for food is expected to rise by 56 percent between 2010 and 2050 due to demographic growth and increasing incomes. At the same time, agriculture and the resulting transition in land use produce about one-quarter of global GHG emissions, and agricultural production accounts for about 10% of U.S. emissions.
Climate change control
Holding global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius — level experts believe to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. This will need global agriculture and land-use to slash pollution by two-thirds between 2010 and 2050. Including avoiding deforestation powered by agriculture. Significant fields of land will need reforesting all over the world to remain below 1.5 C. The planet would also need to increase improvements in agricultural production. Also adjust habits of consumption to feed a increasing population while attaining temperature targets.
Fortunately, solving these food security and climate issues will also provide other major benefits to growers and ranchers. Such as increasing exposure to severe weather conditions, mitigating water tension, enhancing water quality. Also maintaining production and viability over the long term.
US politicians are becoming profoundly aware of the critical role that agriculture plays. That role of addressing the problems of food and environment. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called for creativity earlier this year in reducing GHG emissions from agriculture, while increasing production. In addition to the majority staff study from the House Select Committee on the Climate Change. Several bills presented in Congress have since suggested legislation to curb greenhouse pollution.