Posts tagged carbon sequestration
FARMING HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. ENTER CARBON TRAPPING.

Globally, our food system is thought to account for as much as a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it a huge contributor to the effects of climate change. However, there are hopes that the agriculture industry could also be a part of the solution. A paper published in Scientific Reports suggests that the planet’s farmland soil has unrealized carbon trapping potential, and could be used to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as the transport industry emits.

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COUNTER INTUITIVE THINKING: USING INDOOR AGRICULTURE TO HELP REDUCE ATMOSPHERIC CARBON

All farming has a carbon footprint. While indoor agriculture uses a lot of electricity for artificial lighting and climate control, urban farmers are quick to point out all the food miles and on-farm emissions that most fresh produce is responsible for. The current line of thinking is therefore: who emits less? But there is another side to the debate that is rarely discussed. What about all of that carbon that could be recaptured if we let nature take back over those crop fields?

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