World Leaders Look to Curb Climate Change with Carbon Farming

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At the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this week, carbon farming became a major component of the global response to the climate crisis. Commenting on the decision, André Leu, President of IFOAM - Organics International, an organization that promotes organic agriculture and carbon farming worldwide, said, “This is a game changer because soil carbon is now central to how the world manages climate change.”

According to author and Yale lecturer, Eric Toensmeier, in order to curb climate change, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere must be cut to 350 parts per million or lower from the present levels of 400 parts per million.

 

Toensmeier and several other environmental advocates think one of the best ways for drawing carbon back to Earth is to sequester more carbon in the soil. Read the full article to learn more.

In other soil related news, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils recently published a report, “Status of the World’s Soil Resources” highlighting several threats to soil health, including population growth, industrialization and climate change. The report lists the four biggest threats to soil function in North America in order of importance:

1.         Soil erosion: The northern Midwest in the U.S. suffers from particularly high erosion rates.

2.         Nutrient imbalance: High fertilizer use results in increased nitrous oxide emissions.

3.         Organic carbon change: Climate change threatens increased loss of organic carbon.

4.         Loss of soil biodiversity: The effects of increasing agricultural chemical use, especially pesticides, on soil biodiversity.

Read the full report to learn more.