Carbon Emissions

The term 'carbon footprint' includes all greenhouse gases from methane emitted from cattle to CFC/HCFC refrigerant gases. As carbon dioxide makes up the largest proportion of greenhouse gases, they are collectively referred to as 'carbon'.

Many scientists and policy makers are still trying to agree on the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that would avert the worst impacts of climate change on humanity. These typically range from 350 to 500 parts per million atmospheric concentration.

As of today, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is parts per million. It is increasing at   parts per million per day.



Carbon emissions are part of a cycle balancing emission sources with carbon sinks – or storage. There are three principle organic carbon sinks: oceans, soils and forests.

Data from: Lal, R. (2008). Carbon sequestration.

The food system is a central part of the climate system, both benefiting from and contributing to the carbon cycle. As a whole, the arable farming and livestock production systems we operate today contribute more to human caused carbon emissions than the transport sector.

Human sources of emissions vary by economic sector depending on what country they originate from and that country‚Äôs state of development.

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