Increased Nitrogen Application Rates in Industrial Agriculture

Industrial agriculture simply doubles down on harmful practices in response to climate extremes “…farmers are responding to the impacts of climate change with practices that increase greenhouse gas emissions”


“Given profit imperatives…farmers in our sample primarily used increased nitrogen application rates to reduce their vulnerability to heavy rains. As nitrogen rate is directly associated with nitrous oxide emissions, this adaptive strategy is effective but increases agricultural contributions to climate change. This preliminarily suggests that the political-economic structure encourages farmers to respond to climate change in ways that accelerate the environmental contradictions of industrial agriculture.”

– from An accelerating treadmill and an overlooked contradiction in industrial agriculture: Climate change and nitrogen fertilizer ( visit )



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