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Greener Fields: Combating Climate Change by Keeping Land in Farming in New York is a new report from American Farmland Trust on the role that protecting farmland can have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report found that an acre of farmland produces 66 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an acre of developed land in New York. Consequently, if the rate of farmland conversion--5,800 acres annually--was reduced by 80% by 2050, it could reduce emissions equivalent to taking one million cars off the road. Greener Fields recommends protecting agricultural land while encouraging new real estate development in cities, villages, and developed areas as a key strategy for New York to achieve its climate objectives. The report includes actionable steps for farmers, interested citizens, public officials, planners, land trusts, policymakers, and researchers.

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