F&ES 584b / 2019-2020

Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation

Credits: 3

Spring 2020: Tu, 6:00-8:50, Kroon G01

Agriculture and land use change (primarily to clear land for agriculture) are responsible for roughly a quarter of anthropogenic emissions. This course will explore the range of solutions that have been proposed, some of which are new while others are already implemented on hundreds of millions of hectares. These include both demand reduction (e.g., diet change and food waste) and supply-side strategies. Agricultural production approaches include biosequestration (i.e. conservation agriculture, agroforestry systems), emissions reduction (i.e., nutrient management, low-methane rice), and intensification, both agrichemical and agroecological. Climate change adaptation is also a critical need. Controversial issues like livestock and biofuels will be discussed. Supply chain issues like transportation, processing, and refrigeration will also be discussed.