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Cítricos como cautivadores de CO2

Citrus as CO2 captivators

Citrus fruits such as oranges and tangerines are delicious and very healthy, we all know that, but did you know that they also play an important role in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions?

A report by the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture of the CSIC and the University of Cordoba(UCO) entitled "Productivity and carbon sequestration in Andalusian citrus" shows that citrus crops do an important job of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere: For every kilo of oranges 330 g of CO2 are fixed. These are very important figures, only for the citrus area of Andalusia are calculated about 800,000 tons of CO2 per year that are absorbed from the atmosphere.

It is estimated that the disappearance of 50% of farms due to EU policies and the deep crisis in the sector (among other things due to low prices due to the large supply of emerging countries) would result in the return to the atmosphere, through the burning of wood, about 6 million tons of CO2 only in Andalusia.

The citrus fruits of Valencia fix about 900,000 tons of CO2 per year, which compensates for the consumption of 300 million liters of diesel, which is twice as much as the industrial and urban consumption of the same area. This is the result of a study by the IVIA (Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research). In addition to producing oxygen, citrus fruits convert CO2 into wood, fruits, leaves, etc.

As you can see, citrus fruits not only play an important role in the economy of these two Spanish regions, but also in the reduction of CO2 and the fight against climate change.

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