A comparison of greenhouse gas emissions from inputs into farm enterprises in Southeast Queensland, Australia

Maraseni, Tek N. and Cockfield, Geoff and Apan, Armando (2007) A comparison of greenhouse gas emissions from inputs into farm enterprises in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A: Toxic Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, 42 (1). pp. 11-18. ISSN 1093-4529

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One of the assumptions underlying efforts to convert cropping land, especially marginal crop land, to plantations is that there will be a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, with a gas 'sink' replacing a high energy system in which the breakdown of biomass is routinely accelerated to prepare for new crops. This research, based on case studies in Kingaroy in south-east Queensland, compares the amount of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions from a peanut/maize crop rotation, a pasture system for beef production and a spotted gum (Corymbia citriodora) timber plantation. Three production inputs, fuel, farm machinery and agrochemicals (fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides) are considered. The study extends beyond the farm gate to include packing and transportation and the time period is 30 years. The results suggest that replacing the crops with plantations would indeed reduce emissions but that a pasture system would have even lower net emissions. These findings cast some doubt on the case for farm forestry as a relatively effective means of ameliorating greenhouse gas emissions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Armando Apan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2007 00:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: greenhouse gas; farm machines; agrochemicals; fuels; Kingaroy
Fields of Research (FoR): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/10934520601015354
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2546

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