Why Regenerative Farming? Is It The Key To Sequestering Carbon…
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“If you’ve never heard about the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture and land-use practices to naturally sequester a critical mass of CO2 in the soil, you’re not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in the world today is that the solution to global warming and the climate crisis…lies right under our feet and at the end of our forks.”
Farming and how we eat can greatly help address our climate crisis.
Support the farmers who practice regenerative farming
Voting with our wallets is key here. Organic is not enough!
Reduce food waste in homes, eating out, and on farms
Here in California we have many many small farms that have move beyond organic and are utilizing regenerative practices. A very simple one is known as “no till”. With this you don’t disc or till the soil. By avoiding this practice you help keep the lid on the jar so to speak. Think of the top soil as a lid to a jar full of carbon and if you break the lid (tilling the soil) you release the carbon back into the atmosphere…
Below will give you a visual of the sequestering process:
Let’s not forget trees! Think of trees like storage units for carbon…
Because that is what they are. Trees also do a wonderful job of pulling carbon out of the air and storing it, also they release Oxygen. Trees are truly the yin to our yang.
Processes That Use Oxygen
Breathing – The scientific name for breathing is respiration. All animals and plants use up oxygen when they breathe. They breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
Decomposing – When plants and animals die, they decompose. This process uses up oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.
Rusting – This is also called oxidation. When things rust they use up oxygen.
Combustion – There are three things needed for fire: oxygen, fuel, and heat. Without oxygen you can’t have a fire. When things burn, they use up oxygen and replace it with carbon dioxide.
Processes That Produce Oxygen
Plants – Plants create the majority of the oxygen we breathe through a process called photosynthesis. In this process plants use carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water to create energy. In the process they also create oxygen which they release into the air.
Sunlight – Some oxygen is produced when sunlight reacts with water vapor in the atmosphere.
Even though fish breathe under water they still breathe oxygen. Their gills extract the oxygen from the water.
There is a lot of oxygen stored up in the oxide minerals of the Earth’s crust. However, this oxygen isn’t available for us to breathe.
One of the biggest sources of oxygen is phytoplankton that live near the surface of the ocean. Phytoplankton are tiny plants, but there are lots of them.