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December 6, 2018

Farm Carbon Emissions Could Be The New Quota System in Europe

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

A European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is predicting carbon emissions will be the new quota system in Ireland, if not in Europe as well.


“This is going to be the new quota of the future—you can only [take livestock growth and expansion] so far; you can’t go anymore depending on the environmental conditions and that’s what we have to work out as soon as we possibly can,” says Commissioner Phil Hogan.


“Carbon is something that will ultimately have to be priced,” Hogan told a room of Irish dairy farmers at the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association's annual meeting last week. “Every minister in Europe is agreeing with this because they see in the market place there is no other choice.”


At the same time, carbon sequestration on agricultural land could also be a net benefit for farmers as they balance methane emissions from livestock productin with carbon uptake by soil. For more on the story, click here.