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Commentary: California is making a weak effort to turn agriculture into a climate change fix

Agriculture generates 9 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions, which makes it the state's fourth-largest emitter, after transportation, industry and buildings. But agriculture - often seen as an enemy of the environment - is the only one of these sectors with the potential to also remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Healthy soil teems with life - more than a billion microorganisms per teaspoon - along with, crucially, carbon. Unfortunately, tilled soil releases a lot of

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