Industrial agricultural production is a major driver of climate change, particularly because of its massive use of synthetic fertilisers. Yara, global leader of the sector, is now using the Global Alliance for ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (GACSA) to get its climate-devastating practices painted green and endorsed by the UN climate talks.
Fertilisers are the largest source of emissions from farming. The application of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers to soils is responsible for releasing a huge share of the world’s emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a gas which has 300 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere..
Synthetic fertilisers are precisely the core business of Yara International, the global industry leader. The Norwegian company had a turnover of 11.1 billion euros in 2014 and sold more than 26 million tonnes of fertilizers, in over 150 countries, particularly in Africa . The continuous expansion of the industrial agricultural model, with its heavy reliance on synthetic fertilisers, has been a boon for Yara – a boon that the company is not ready to give up, even in the context of the climate crisis.