Agriculture worldwide has been contributing up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of its heavy reliance on water and energy usage.
Around 18% of global emissions is contributed by livestock production. However, there is good news – this can be substantially reduced by the substitution of green energy used to power daily farm activities. There are a number of solutions available such as using wind power, water turbines and solar panels to supply electricity for the heating of farm buildings.
Green Energy and agriculture are naturally a winning combination. More and more farmers from around the world are switching to renewable energy technologies as they realize the economic opportunities that can be created from using natural resources to create power.
The use of drip irrigation has the significant benefit of being precise in the amount of water delivered directly to the plants’ roots. This is of great importance, as any measure that reduces the use of water helps to relieve pressures on Earth’s dwindling water resources as well as reducing agriculture’s energy footprint.
In Israel, much time, resources and effort has been directed towards developing solutions in the Green Energy industry. Due to the fact that 60% of the land in Israel is defined as Desert with very low rainfall, solutions had to be found to adjust agriculture accordingly so that the desert can become arable land. This has been extremely successful, and the country is now recognized worldwide for the ability to thrive in such a tough environment. Crops have been adjusted to high temperature, and with the use of drip irrigation and brackish water (water with a higher salinity content) many types of vegetables and other crops are successfully grown under these conditions.