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U.S. farm group sees gains from deforestation halt

Wed, 05/26/2010 - 5:27pm
Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Stopping global deforestation would boost U.S. agricultural revenue by $190 billion to $270 billion through 2030 by cutting unfair competition, a U.S. farm group and a nonprofit focused on climate change argued on Wednesday.

Deforestation accounts for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, chiefly from the destruction of tropical forests. Proponents of climate change legislation are mustering their forces for what is seen as an uphill fight to pass a bill in the U.S. Senate.

The study commissioned by the National Farmers Union and Avoided Deforestation Partners calculates that climate change legislation which would support international efforts to end tropical deforestation can be good for the U.S. economy.

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