How Cattle Ranching Can Positively Affect Carbon Absorption
New Mexico farmer Tom Sidwell may hold the secret recipe for plentiful grass to graze and a well-stocked pasture. By using cattle to manage carbon, is able to maximize profits while catering to his land.
Tom wasn’t monitoring for soil carbon, but everything he was doing had a positive carbon effect, as evidenced by the increased health and productivity of their ranch.
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In "Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey through Carbon Country," the author shows how all these practical strategies can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole, with the aim of reducing atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co-benefits for all living things. Soil is a huge natural sink for carbon dioxide. If we can draw increasing amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil, we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable.