California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

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DAVIS, Calif., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Although California continues to cope with some of the Nation’s most compromised air quality, farmers continue to reduce emissions from their operations. During 2015, California’s farmers, working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, voluntarily applied seven conservation practices to reduce pollutants by 788 tons—an equivalent of 170,000 low emissions…

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
5 years ago

Interpretation:

1) NOX – They had to reduce the use of gasoline driven engines.

2) VOC – They had to reduce the use of soil fumigants necessary for strawberry”s and other crops.

3) PM – They had to reduces burning of rice fields and reduce soil particulates from tilling the soil.

All of these either will increase the cost of food to the consumer or reduce the availability of certain crops to the point where they may not be available in the future.

Thanks USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service for making our daily lives more expensive.