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Japan’s Agriculture Ministry Experimenting Star Ratings for Farmers who Cut Emissions

Agriculture Ministry is demonstrating and testing its method for rating emissions cuts on a scale of one to three stars to make progress in decarbonization efforts more visible to increase environmental awareness among farmers and consumers alike. In all phases of agricultural produce production, from cultivation to processing and distribution, the production stage accounts for 60% to 80% of heat-trapping gas emissions. Emissions are produced by using fuel to power agricultural equipment such as tractors. Chemical fertilizer production and transportation produce greenhouse gases. Even after fertilizers are applied to the fields, their nitrogen is released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, albeit in small amounts. The experiment began with rice, tomatoes, and cucumbers, which have lower emissions and are easier to calculate and compare.


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