Agricultural Land Conservation: An Important Part of California’s Climate Strategy

April 2016


Farmland Protection 

This white paper from the American Farmland Trust argues for another benefit of farmland preservation: helping to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals. The paper examines the connections between the urbanization of farmland and increases in greenhouse gas emissions, and estimates the potential greenhouse gas emissions avoidance for the state of California based on a goal of reducing statewide farmland conversion by 50 percent compared to the current trend by the year 2030 and further reducing it by 75 percent by the year 2050.