BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's agriculture chief says farmers need to do more to keep climate change under control through more efficient fertilizing and use of water.

Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told EU ministers Monday that even though polluting emissions from farms had already fallen by 20 percent since 1990, more needed to be done.

She says farmers will have to make more efforts when the EU's farm policy is updated in 2013 and says protecting carbon-rich soils like grassland were key in this.

The 27-nation EU is promising to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth below 1990 levels by 2020 -- and says it will increase that reduction to 30 percent if other major polluters do the same.

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