Thursday, April 21, 2022

Farming can reduce greenhouse gases

Canadian farmers could help the country meet greenhouse gas emission targets, according to a new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.

Reducing tillage tops the list because it enhances sequestration of soil carbons. It can make a contribution for up to a century, but then there will be a balance between how much is stored and released.

Cover cropping can also capture carbon, according to the report written by Susan Wood-Bohm.

Some other contributions could come from cropping more perennials and nitrogen-fixing plants, such as alfalfas and clovers.

She said there should be regular measurements of soil organic carbon content to confirm that carbon sequestration is occurring.

So where's the government money for adopting these practices?