Carbon right? Carbon footprint? How to calculate them? It could be challenging for food supply chain in 2040, the first year of agricultural net zero.
Since spring, raindrops have fallen from the skies above Taiwan as if it were never ending, affecting the supply of onion and rose apple in southern Taiwan. The agriculture industry has been suffering the negative impact caused by rising temperature, unusual precipitation and extreme weather. The council of agriculture, therefore, announced that intending to enhance the tenacity, Taiwanese agricultural industry will meet the net-zero threshold in 2040 by cutting carbon emission, expanding carbon sinks, circulation and green energy trends.
Money is not a problem. Extreme weather exacerbated the natural disaster, indirectly impacting the food security.
“Recently, many people have discovered that they can no longer purchase eggs with money.”, pointed out by Ji Zhong Chen, chairman of council of agriculture. The fluctuating temperature in western Taiwan and the dysfunctional distribution caused by pandemic rose the price of soybean and corn, impacting the production of eggs. This phenomenon illustrated that “Cutting greenhouse emission is the most effective method to tackle the issue instead of moderating.”
Taiwan has been acting positive on the 2050 net-zero global trend. Having established 27 forums and discussed with more than 2000 people from government, industries and universities, the council of agriculture announced “net-zero agriculture” strategy. This strategy concentrates on making farmers understand the pros of net-zero agriculture through implementing carbon right trading.
In the past 50 years, the average temperature in Taiwan had risen 0.6-0.8 celsius. It has already caused the significant impact in agricultural industry. Furthermore, It is difficult to meet the agricultural moderation objective set in three years ago that aimed to control the rising temperature below 1.5 celsius under this circumstance.
Despite the fact that the deficit produced by natural catastrophes is merely a numerical figure, the problem that the agricultural sector is facing will eventually have an impact on customers. The agriculture business, on the other hand, controls around 800,000 hectares of farmland, 2,200,000 hectares of forestland, and 183,000 hectares of bamboo forest bordered by ocean, as well as 5,680,000 tons of recyclable waste, giving it an edge as a carbon sink.
Four cores of agricultural net-zero
1.Establish agricultural carbon emission data system and low carbon agricultural production to meet the objective of reducing carbon emission.
2. Increase forest carbon sink area, enhance forest management, encourage using local woods and intensify the arrangement of carbon sink in oceans and wetlands to construct carbon negative and the benefit of carbon sink.
3. Agricultural waste-to-energy, waste-to-resource and materialisation, promote agricultural interdisciplinary recycling, enhance agricultural recycling research and development and create additional value.
4.Construct energy self reliance fishing village, promote agricultural minister prices the carbon reasonably, assist to build the carbon trading standard, agricultural sustainable finance and sustainable business
(This article is reprinted from Taiwan Environmental Information Association; reported by Jing Hui Liao)