Here at FCCT we are always promoting the benefits of soil carbon sequestration and the positive benefits that can come from adapting soil management to build organic matter (and carbon) in the process. Soil carbon sequestration, while not the only strategy that will deal with agriculture's impact on climate change, does provide us with an option that isn't available to other industries and is a useful strategy to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil.
Carbon sequestration is a win win for farmers, the planet and society and something that needs much more focus.
On my travels around a couple of weeks ago for the judging of this year's Soil Farmer of the Year competition, I met Caroline Lewis, the daughter of one of our finalists, Adam Lewis. As part of her studies, she has prepared the paper below entitled "Carbon soil sequestration: how are agricultural methods, education and awareness contributing to reducing climate change within the UK?"
She very kindly agreed for us to publish it on the FCCT website as its a great report. Caroline has looked at understanding of soil carbon and its role within climate change mitigation with different groups of people, school children, young farmers and farmers in Herefordshire. The introduction is below as well as the link to the full paper.
Introduction to the report.
"Soil carbon sequestration is a proces in which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and stored in the soil carbon pool. This process is primarily mediated by plants through photosynthesis, with carbon stored in the form of SOC (soil organic carbon)" (source).
Plant roots are a carbon sink and considering that 38% of the world's terrestrial surface cover is currently used for agriculture (source), we therefore must find a way to harness the huge potential this land has for sequestering carbon from our atmospheres.
The aim of this project is to ascertain the knowledge and awareness of carbon soil sequestration of the follwing groups:
- Primary school children through a weekly science club
- Gardeners through the Royal Horticultural society and other gardening clubs
- Farmers and young farmers through regular soils meetings and questionnaires
- Specialists in the field through work experience and the soils group
To access the full report click here.