How can farmers help us meet our carbon goals?

California is home to some of the first official “carbon farmers” in the country by harnessing the natural process that plants use to absorb carbon and help move it into the soil where it can be stored long-term.

In fact, farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere. Every piece of the puzzle helps as California pursues its ambitious climate goals.  Some at the state even say that the carbon farming is crucial to our success.

Hundreds of farmers have signed up for this innovative initiative but state officials have said that the program needs to be five times larger.

Forests can also be a huge asset in absorbing carbon, though recent wildfires have both knocked out significant forest land and contributed additional pollutants.



HOW DOES IT WORK?

Plants naturally soak up carbon dioxide in the air to build their leaves and stems. Their roots pump carbon down into the earth. Then, when the plant dies, its organic matter gets broken down by microbes and fungi and is stored below the top layer of soil. That’s how carbon from the air gets into the soil.

There are several advantages of using plants to sequester carbon. The only energy they need to do their work is harvested from the sun, plus they can regenerate themselves and are capable of self-repair. Some experts have gone so far as to say that "the only path to sustainability is going to involve plants.”



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