The answer lies in the soil: carbon sequestration key to cutting on-farm emissions

Image: Farmers are increasingly looking to the soil for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Upper Hunter, NSW.

Storing carbon in the soil has been lauded for its ability to cut emissions generated by livestock and machinery on agricultural properties. It is increasingly being adopted by landholders to offset methane emitted on farms and carries the potential for credits to be earned off carbon stored in the soil. 

A study by CSIRO found that increasing soil carbon can decrease emissions at a rate that could achieve net-zero by 2030 without the need to reduce herd or stock numbers. Australia’s major farming groups are calling for a net-zero by 2050 target to be implemented at a federal level.

The Wire’s Tahlia Kraefft investigates.

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