Cornell Soil Tillage 

Carbon farming is "Mother Nature’s own geoengineering,” says David Wolfe, chair of ACSF's Climate Change Consortium, in The Hill  

Carbon Farming Is a Zero-Risk Strategy for Curbing Climate Change

April 4, 2016

Cornell Soil Tillage 

Carbon farming is "Mother Nature’s own geoengineering,” says David Wolfe, chair of ACSF's Climate Change Consortium, in The Hill 

Now that 195 nations, including the U.S., have agreed to ambitious greenhouse gas emission reductions to slow the pace of climate change, the question everyone is asking is: How will we actually meet our targets set for 2035?

Given past performance, many don't think we will get there without so-called "geoengineering" solutions, such as blasting sulfur dioxide or other particles into the atmosphere to shade the planet and compensate for the warming effect of greenhouse gases. Clever, eh? Maybe not. Some recent modeling studies show these seemingly easy fixes could backfire in catastrophic ways, such as disrupting the Indian monsoon season and completely drying out the Sahel of Africa. Another risk is atmospheric chemical reactions that deplete the ozone layer. Do we really want to run global-scale experiments for 20 or 30 years and see what happens?

There is another way, one that is zero-risk and builds on something farmers around the world are already motivated to do: manage soils so that a maximum amount of the carbon dioxide plants pull out of the air via photosynthesis remains on the farm as carbon-rich soil organic matter . . . Read more