How we use fossil fuels on farms
In 2020, agriculture caused 5% of emissions in B.C. We use fossil fuels to power farm equipment like tractors and trucks, and to heat greenhouses. Farm animals release methane gas when they digest food. Storing the manure and compost we use to fertilize crops can release nitrous oxide and methane. We use fossil fuels to manufacture fertilizers, which can release nitrous oxide into the air.
Tracking pollution from agriculture
Farming and food production are also sources of greenhouse gases. The biggest source of agricultural emissions in B.C. comes from the digestive processes of cattle.
We measure climate pollution from:
- Growing crops
- Raising livestock
- Using fossil fuel on farms
Agriculture caused 5% of emissions in B.C. in 2020.
Reducing pollution from agriculture
Each farm in B.C. has different challenges when reducing climate pollution.
We’re promoting good farm practices such as:
- Giving fields time to recover after livestock graze on them
- Switching to electricity and cleaner fuels
- Changing how livestock are fed
- Storing compost and manure in climate-friendly ways
- Using the right manure and fertilizer at the right time and place
B.C. is taking action
Learn how B.C. is working with food producers to make cleaner choices and prepare for the future.
Extreme weather preparedness and water infrastructure for agriculture
Working with farmers and ranchers to help them assess risks and reduce their vulnerabilities, especially around water infrastructure.
Reducing emissions from agriculture
Supporting new technologies like electric tractors, manure and nutrient management, and local and sustainable food production.
Agricultural carbon sequestration
Supporting carbon storage projects and research, as well as regenerative agriculture processes and technology.