UN has a plan to curb farm emissions. Are farmers willing to try it?

The first-ever United Nations roadmap for cutting climate-heating emissions from the world’s farming sector, unveiled at the COP28 U.N. climate summit in December, has stirred debate around how to share fairly the burden of shifting to greener ways.

Some agricultural experts are calling for fertilizers and other agro-chemicals – whose production relies heavily on fossil fuels – to be completely phased out, while others say poorer countries will continue to need them to improve low crop yields.

Food systems – including growing methods, inputs like fertilizers, storage, transportation, and waste – account for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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