Carbon Farming

Inventory of Carbon Farming Techniques now online

20 March 2020 - Published by Paula Nijman
Carbon Farming basically means to return and focus on soil fertility. Especially in times of climate change, extreme weather events and increasing food demand we should head for adequate humus contents in agricultural soils.

This in order to buffer against production risks and to maintain ecological soil functions. The focus is on potential of plants to reduce and store atmospheric CO2 and the role of soils as carbon sink. To pursue this path, farmers need to (re)integrate and maintain appropriate measures in their production. On local and farm level the integration of carbon farming technologies is an investment in the future productivity of soils. On a global level the net effect of carbon sequestration in soils for mitigating climate change always needs deeper evaluation. This is because additional efforts on the one side might create additional emissions of climate gases elsewhere. Against this background and while tracing manifold marketing and regulation initiatives and ideas in the field of soil carbon sequestration, the authors from the INTERREG Carbon Farming project collected practical knowledge on suitable techniques and potentials to bind more carbon in soils in practical farming - because this is what farmers can do in the end.


Get access to the full report of carbon sequestration techniques by downloading it here


Text: Thuenen Intitut