Source: NCGA

A new peer-reviewed study from Stanford University, demonstrates how modern agriculture has slowed the pace of global warming, according to the National Corn Growers Association, which helped track and report progress on environmental sustainability in corn farming.

The research, led by two scientists from Stanford University, found that high-yield agriculture has prevented large amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. A Stanford news release stated that, if not for increased yields, additional greenhouse gas emissions from clearing land for farming would have been equal to as much as a third of the world's total output of greenhouse gases since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in 1850.

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