A new approach to soil carbon farming
What is soil carbon farming?
Soil carbon farming is a method of farming that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the soil’s ability to capture and hold carbon. It creates a number of long term benefits for the ecosystem, and can increase farm profitability along the way. Soil carbon farming focuses on the carbon storing capacity of soils and vegetation, with farmers using regenerative agriculture and holistic management practices to increase the carbon in the soil.
“We help farmers to remove carbon from the atmosphere, store it in the soil and get paid for it.”
(FOUNDER & CEO, CARBON SYNC)
What is Soil Carbon Sequestration?
Soil carbon sequestration can occur concurrently with agricultural production. Farmers can continue to grow the same crops but do so utilising holistic management and regenerative agricultural practices. These practices enhance the health of the soil, improve photosynthetic efficiency, and can therefore result in carbon accrual in soils that are measured and monetised through the creation of carbon credits.
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
“Regenerative agriculture is not any specific practice, but agriculture that regenerates soils, rivers, oceans, grasslands, forests, wildlife, societies and economies. Its practices are identified within a holistic context, embracing the most up-to-date science and knowledge, by people acting in their own enlightened self-interest.”
President and Co-Founder, Savory Institute
Regenerative agriculture has been shown to:
- improve rainfall infiltration and water use efficiency;
- decrease crop loss from pests and disease;
- reduce weed burdens;
- improve nutrient cycling;
- reduce reliance on external fertility and chemical inputs;
- build resilience to the extremes of weather; floods, droughts and frosts;
- improve all indicators for biodiversity; and in many cases
- result in lower-cost, lower-risk farming operations.
The Soil Carbon Farming Cycle
What are the Principles of Regenerative Agriculture?
There are six principles of Regenerative Agriculture that Carbon Sync supports you to adopt, to enhance the health of your farm ecosystem.