What is Carbon Farming?
"It is a term a term used to describe a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in perennial biomass. If widely implemented, these practices have the capacity to sequester hundreds of billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere in the coming decades" (The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier).
Why does this matter?
When we think of the causes of the climate crisis, we usually think about burning fossil fuels to create electricity or to fuel our transportation. When we think of the solutions we usually think about solar panels. However, less conspicuous are the consequences of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our food system is powered by fossil fuels and emits powerful greenhouse gases including nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide. If we add the emissions from livestock and all other food related emissions from farming to deforestation to food waste, what we eat turns out to be the number one cause of global warming .
The good news is that agriculture can be transformed from a major source of emissions to a major solution through regenerative carbon farming practices and land restoration that captures carbon. In addition, regenerative carbon farming increases soil health, water availability, yields, nutrition, food security, and ultimately helps land based cultures and communities thrive (Drawdown by Paul Hawken)