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Grounding Carbon Farming

  • 14 - 20 September 2024
  • La ferme de Hyaumet, France
  • 2 ECTS

As the climate changes, the environment degrades, biodiversity declines and the world population increases, agricultural ecosystems are increasingly looked at, both as culprit and saviours. Agroecosystems and their soils are indeed key to support a multitude of ecosystem services, but their degradation worldwide jeopardises this ability.

Carbon farming is proposed as a solution. Carbon farming designates any agricultural management practice resulting in carbon sequestration in soils or vegetation, and the business model should allow farming to get paid for each ton of carbon sequestered. It is claimed that carbon sequestration, particularly in soils, has the double benefit of supporting climate mitigation (as carbon is drawn down from the atmosphere and “locked away”) and the multitude of ecosystem services provided by soils (as carbon is the backbone of organic matter and central to soil health and fertility).

One approach – soil carbon sequestration – to solve the climate crisis and revert environmental degradation caused by agriculture while feeding a growing world population… is that too good to be true?

  • Wageningen University
  • 17-20
  • 14 June 2024