Effects of industrial agriculture on global warming and the potential of small-scale agroecological


Title: Effects of Industrial Agriculture on global Warming and the potential od small-scale agroecological techniques to reverse those effects

Year: 2009

Edition: The New World Agriculture and Ecology Group

Language: English

Content: According to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change agriculture is responsible for a significant portion of the increase of greenhouse gases. But not all agriculture has the same impact on global warming. In this report we review the literature on the contributions of agriculture to climate change and conclude that the industrial agricultural system is the main contributor to greenhouse gases, while sustainable smallholder agriculture can reduce greenhouse emissions. This conclusion supports La Via Campesina’s call for food sovereignty and their arguments that smallholder sustainable agriculture can cool the planet.

A report to Via Campesina
by The New World Agriculture and Ecology Group
(November 20, 2009)