Studies Show Plants Released CO2 in the Winter, Contributing To Climate Change

November 23, 2014 6:03 AM

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Over the past five decades, agriculture has experienced a massive shift in crop production. We have basically learned how to produce more crop per acre, making production more efficient. Boston University assistant professor Josh Gray says “We know that crops have increased in productivity over this time period and they were in the right place to be influencing this.”

On the other side of this, though, it also appears that an increase in crop production has also altered the ecology of the planet, as crops absorb CO2 in the plant respiration process of photosynthesis, during the summer, and then release the CO2 they have stored when they die in the winter. This in...

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