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Dairy production and the carbon footprint

January 30, 2009
From WAYNE SCHOPER - Brown/Nicollet Extension Educator

We have heard the term "carbon footprint" in the news media for some time now. A carbon footprint is a measure of environmental impact of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 6.3 percent of the total greenhouse gas comes from agriculture, with 20 percent of this from production agriculture and 80 percent from processing and transporting food.



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