Happy National Ag Day!
This year the theme of Ag Day is “growing a climate for tomorrow.” It’s an incredible opportunity to brag about agricultural production in the U.S. Why? Because modern agriculture is a leader in sustainability! Here’s the proof:
Beef. U.S. beef producers have reduced GHG emissions per pound of beef by more than 40%, while also producing more than 66% more beef per animal since 1961.
GMOs. Adoption of genetically modified crops has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, while increasing yields by 22%.
Soybeans. Over the past 25 years, soy growers have decreased energy use per tonne of soybeans by 46%.
Dairy. From 2007 to 2017, U.S. milk production used 30% less water, 21% less land, and had a 19% smaller carbon footprint.
Corn. Between 1980 and 2015, corn growers reduced soil erosion by 58%, energy use by 41%, and GHG emissions by 31%
Eggs. From 1960 thru 2010, egg production in the U.S. lowered its GHG emissions by 71%!! Today’s hens produce 27% more eggs and live longer than ever.
Wheat. Farmers have improved soil conservation by over 30% from 1980 to 2015.
Almonds. U.S. almonds are grown with 33% less water than 20 years ago.
U.S. agriculture is sustainable agriculture.