Farming Feeds The Carbon Cycle04:21

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Scientists have long known that there are ebbs and flows in the exchange of CO2 between plants and the air.

In the summer, there's a net uptake of carbon dioxide; in the winter stalks and roots break down and send CO2 in the air.

Recently, scientists have found that farming accounts for a 25 percent increase in carbon activity, much of it from the the United State's biggest crop - corn.

But as, Harvest Public Media reporter Grant Gerlock explains, the jump in carbon activity doesn't necessarily mean that farming is accelerating climate change.


    • Grant Gerlock, reporter for Harvest Public Media, a member of the Here & Now Contributors Network. He tweets @ggerlock.

This segment aired on February 5, 2015.