The potential and limitations of carbon farming

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This article introduces carbon farming and its associated carbon credits, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of the incentive.

Agriculture has long been known for being a very large producer of greenhouse gases (GHG). The 2019 IPCC report estimated that 8.5% of worldwide GHG emissions originated from agriculture, while an additional 14.5% resulted from land use change linked to food production and agriculture. In recent years, European and international policies have been put in place to reduce land use change, notably by reducing or removing financial incentives and market attractiveness for products resulting from this practice. To reduce direct GHG emissions from agricultural practices themselves, “carbon farming” was introduced as a new set of practices which could not only reduce emissions from cropping and livestock farming, but which could also lead to large quantities of carbon (C) and other GHG to be locked within soils and living organisms (such as trees).  

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This article was written by Thea Allary, Senior Research Analyst.

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