Agriculture and Forestry
To ensure that the forests and agriculture are maintained with the negative effects of climate change, there have been a lot of strategic changes we have had to make as a consumer to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the climate. Environmental change is up to us as a people and how we adapt to these changes. Producers and consumers alike have already made the change in reducing greenhouse gases by moving towards being ‘green’. This is the three R’s – reduce – recycle – reuse.
There is evidence during the 20th Century that greenhouse gases rose worldwide causing temperatures to rise about 0.6 C higher in 2000 than in 1900. Forests make a substantial contribution to the mitigation of climate change through carbon sequestration, carbon substitution, and carbon conservation.Wood is a renewable resource and an efficient material for storing carbon. Wood harvesting temporarily reduces carbon storage in the forest; a large part of the carbon can be stored in wood products for decades.When wood is used in long-term products such as housing and furniture, the reduction in green house gas emissions is substantial compared to other, more energy-intensive and carbon-intensive substitutes such as concrete, steel and plastics.
Forests cover nearly one-third of the earth’s land surface and account for almost half its carbon pool. Deforestation and degradation and other changes in forests contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most deforestation is caused by the expansion of agriculture and urban and infrastructure development.An important part to sustaining agriculture and forestry practices is the limited amount of crops that our community relies on for income generation. Promoting the existing agriculture and crop production will only enhance the income of farmers and communities and provide a vital contribution to sustainable practices for our people.
We can help out in this area by promoting national forestry standard; promoting wood industries efficiencies; promote commercial processing; support business training for community-based farming industries. Forestry and agriculture both deal with the harvesting and ecological management. Both want to find the best ways to use our land to make valuable products. There are 2 main differences. Agriculture deals with a greater variety of species and products while forestry deals with one species: trees. Most farmers deal with the agricultural side more than the forestry side. The goal of both forestry and agriculture is much the same: harvest and maintain crops to produce ongoing yields of organic products that are required by our society.
One of the most important challenges of both the forestry and agricultural industry is to maintain harvests while keeping the environmental damages to acceptable limits. Forests play an important part in the ecology of our planet. Helping to maintain our water cycle they also provide much needed oxygen to our planet.
Most countries maintain organizations that help to sustain our forestry and agriculture industries. There are policies that need to be maintained in order for our planet to survive. In keeping with the standards and policies worldwide, we can help our planet survive.