Agriculture represents less than 10% of U.S. GHG emissions

April 23, 2020

Earlier this month, EPA announced the latest U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which includes emissions data through 2018. American Farm Bureau Federation’s analysis of the report found across the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, consistent evidence of increasing efficiencies leading to better greenhouse gas (GHG) performance.

Overall, agriculture was found to account for less than 10% of U.S. GHG emissions. EPA issues this report in conformance with the United States’ obligations relative to goals set by the international community to take actions that contribute to the “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the  climate system” while ensuring that “food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.”  Among these commitments is to publish updated “national inventories of anthropogenic emissions,” regularly.