by NFF president David Crombie
We’ve seen grossly misleading assertions by those with an ideological, sometimes zealot-like, position regarding agriculture’s ‘major’ contribution to global warming. However, such claims come from a factual vacuum, ignoring carbon being removed from the atmosphere through farm practices.
In effect, when it comes to carbon and agriculture, the public is only getting half of the story.
While opportunities through biosequestration are real, there are variables. Different farms will have varying capacities to store carbon in their soil, depending on soil types, rainfall patterns and production systems.
Nevertheless, for those with the right preconditions, building soil carbon can have additional positive spin-offs through improving water retention capacity of soils and enhancing vegetation’s ability to soak up nutrients.