Efforts to reduce stratospheric ozone loss affect agriculture
AuthorBryan C. Weare
Author AffiliationsB.C. Weare is Professor, Atmospheric Science Program, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 49(3):24-27. DOI:10.3733/ca.v049n03p24. May 1995.
Research has shown that the increased ultraviolet radiation reaching the Earth's surface resulting from stratospheric ozone loss poses a danger to everyone. Concern about ozone loss prompted many nations to ratify the Montreal Protocol, the most comprehensive international environmental agreement ever enacted. Several provisions of this protocol will have substantial, long-term effects on the agricultural industry. Agriculture contributes substantially to ozone depletion, primarily through its use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) for refrigeration in processing, storage and transport of meats and produce. This paper is meant to serve as an overview of the scientific basis for ozone depletion concerns, a description of the current international policy agreement, and the possible consequences of that policy for agriculture.
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