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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

According to a study conducted by the ceiA3, the Spanish olive grove absorbs the 6% of CO2 national gas emissions

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The “arable crops” team of the University of Córdoba stands up for the important role of the agriculture in the fight against climate change
The Spanish olive grove is one of the best environment allies thanks to the carbon sequestration that its trees absorb. It is important to wear in mind that, in Spain, around 2.5 million hectares are dedicated to this crop. This is one of the main conclusions of the study conducted by University of Córdoba “arable crops” research group of the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence that was published at the Vida Rural magazine, specialized in agriculture.

In this study, the researchers Luis López Bellido, Pedro J. López-Bellido Garrido and Purificación Fernández guarantee that the olive grove contributes “remarkably” to mitigate the effect of the overall greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, the Government has estimated that the annual rate of carbon sequestration is 6 % of the total emissions of CO2. And the 56 per cent of those emissions are generated by the agriculture sector. That is the reason why the authors of this study stand up for changing the rule and thus, stop to consider the agrifood sector equally than a concrete factory or an air company, where there is no carbon sequestration in the raw material that they use.

To learn more deeply the results and the methodology of this study please download the attached file.

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