CARBON CAPTURE FARMING
Bio-intensive farming practices pull carbon from the atmosphere and turn it into deep rich soil. These carbon rich soils have high levels of available water and nutrients.
Carbon capture farming is profitable for growers, orchardists and ranchers. This type of farming also produces nutrient dense food that meets consumers expectations. WIN-WIN-WIN, for all concerned; including the Earth.
Intense machine cultivation of farmland in the USA and Canada has destroyed half the original organic matter content of soils. That means there is a lot of GreenHouseGas (GHG) emissions that can be converted into healthy soil.
Consumers need to understand how cattle can be part of the solution to fighting climate change. How is this possible?
Aren’t cattle one of the biggest sources of GHGs ?! Yes, industrial feed lot cattle and de-forestration to grow cattle feed, plus the use of petro-chemical fertilizers and pesticides are 25% of global GHGs. That is as much as global Transportation!
Grass-fed and grass-finished cattle are part of the climate change solution. Growing grasses and legumes for cattle feed sucks gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere each year.
Any farm using the research proven beneficial practices to build healthy soil, is helping suck carbon from the atmosphere. This could be small urban farms, large orchards or vegetable farms.
Ranches can have hundreds of acres in perennial hay/pasture land and this is a tremendous way to sequester carbon over the long term (see hay and cattle picture), especially when combined with dense forest cover.
Our society is fixated on the big technology solutions to excess carbon in the atmosphere. We have a bio-intensive low-tech solution staring us in the face. Why don’t we start using it on a large scale?
These are efforts that people can support right away e.g. purchase organic beef and fruit and vegetables from carbon capture farmers.
What is it going to take to do something serious about our climate crisis?
Are we ever going to act responsibly and leave some of the planet for the kids a hundred years from now?