Most farmers who take the time to consider carbon sequestration do so in consideration of global climate change.   Their primary concerns are reducing energy consumption, use of transportation fuels, etc.  These are important considerations but they represent only part of the equation.  Carbon emissions from annual crop cultivation releases enormous quantities of carbon to the atmosphere and creates a biological wasteland that degrades soils and pollutes water ways.

Consider carbon sequestration with perennial polycultures can remedy not only carbon, biodiversity, and pollution issues, but provide additional benefits as well.  When soil carbon is increased nutrients and water are retained in the system far larger and are used by plants more efficiently.  When biodiversity is restored so are a number of ecosystem services (beneficial insects, pollination, vector interference, etc.) and secondary products (flowers, honey, forage).  The economic benefits of carbon sequestration are numerous, they are simply incompatible with conventional agriculture. It should be emphasized that a perennial monoculture (even if a legume) would provide only a fraction of these benefits and like all monocultures would eventually succumb to disease and pests.

At PrairieGreens we strive to reduce our total carbon footprint.  We consider not only our personal consumption but the impacts of our land management practices.

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