Regenerative Agriculture Reduces Emissions, Increases Soil Organic Matter, and Sequesters Carbon


Regenerative Agriculture

Building on conservation agriculture with additional practices, regenerative annual cropping can include compost application, green manure, and organic production. It reduces emissions, increases soil organic matter, and sequesters carbon.

“ We estimate regenerative annual cropping will increase from an estimated 11.84 million hectares today to 219.16–320.45 million hectares by 2050. This rapid adoption is based in part on the historic growth rate of organic agriculture, as well as the projected conversion of conservation agriculture to regenerative annual cropping over time. This increase could result in a total reduction of 15.12–23.21 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent from sequestration and reduced emissions. Regenerative annual cropping could provide a US$2.34–3.52 trillion lifetime net operational savings and lifetime net profit of US$134.40–205.35 billion on an investment of US$77.10-115.27 billion.”

Dr. Stephan van Vliet – Beef Nutrient Density Study – WEBINAR

Join Dan Kittredge in conversation with Dr. Stephan van Vliet, director of the Bionutrient Institute’s lab at Utah State University. Dr. van Vliet is a core partner for us in or current Beef Nutrient Density Study, and will talk Dan through some updates and recent findings in that research.

Sep 8, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Integrated crop-livestock effects on soil carbon and nitrogen in a semiarid region (2022)

“Understanding ICL management effects on the status and trajectory of SOC and TN stocks is important to the design and deployment of agricultural practices that maintain key soil functions and contribute to agricultural sustainability. However, quantification of SOC and TN stocks in ICL systems requires a commitment to decadal-scale research under semiarid conditions, underscoring the importance of long-term experiments. Fifteen years of residue treatment effects were evaluated for their effect on SOC and TN stocks at select depths and associated soil masses in a long- term study in the northern Great Plains of North America. Results found grazed crop residue and crop residue retained without grazing had greater SOC and TN in near- surface depths than where crop residue had been mechanically removed. Over time, SOC increased significantly where crop residue was grazed or not removed by mechanical means. Under the semiarid conditions of this study, changes in SOC and TN underscored the importance of residue retention and livestock grazing in ICL systems.”

Crop–livestock integration enhanced soil aggregate-associated carbon and nitrogen, and phospholipid fatty acid – Nature (2022)

“Integrated crop–livestock (ICL) production enhances diversification and provides ecosystem benefits by improving nutrient cycling and energy efficiency, thus, increasing overall farm productivity…It is concluded that ICL and NE systems are sustainable prospects in enhancing overall soil health. Integrating crop and livestock improved physicochemical and microbial properties compared to the traditional corn–soybean system.”

Cold plasma could transform the sustainable farms of the future

How the fourth state of matter can make a greenhouse greener — and boost plant growth

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Regenerative Agriculture
“Many fertilizers contain ammonia, which is produced from nitrogen (necessary for plant growth) and hydrogen using a chemical reaction called the Haber-Bosch process. This process revolutionized agriculture in the early 20th century by making mass production of fertilizer possible. However, the process yields hundreds of millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.
‘Ideally, we want a fertilizer that’s renewable,’ Reuter says. And to make it truly green, it should be created at the farm, making transport, another carbon emitter, unnecessary. Reuter and a growing number of chemists, physicists and engineers think they can see how to make that happen. These researchers are working toward future farms that are truly sustainable, where the energy from renewable sources like wind or solar is harnessed to make an efficient fertilizer on-site. They hope to realize this vision by exploiting plasma.”

Integrated Production Systems and Climate Change – FAO

“Integrated systems can play a critical role in mitigating greenhouse gases from agriculture, as their emission intensities are typically lower than the sum of those from specialized systems…In Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems (ICLS), emissions from disposal of crop residues and by-products can be avoided if they are fed to animals, as can the emissions associated with the production of alternative feed or forages. Emissions from manure storage can also be reduced if the manure is properly applied to crop fields. Planting trees and also sequester carbon sequestration in biomass and the soil, which can also partially or entirely offset greenhouse gas emissions from ruminants.”