Farming is personal. Whether you farm your own land or just eat farm grown food (we all do) understanding the relationship between farming and biocarbons is crucial. It is important to know what biocarbons are to be the best stewards of our earth. They are the stored carbons found in the world’s trees, plants and soils. Biocarbons that are held in trees and plants help reduce the atmospheric load that affects our climate in global warming which is building and affects our lives on this blessed earth.
One more fact about farming that you may want to learn though, is that tilling of farm soil has a large global warming affect due to release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Who knew! When acres of farm land are tilled it causes more climate destabilization. Clearly not a good thing for Mother Earth. No-till farming is one of the latest discoveries about carbon release. No-till farming is not only great for reducing carbon release but it is quite beneficial for soil erosion.
In doing the research for this subject I stumbled across the Climate Solutions website that has very useful information. The organization featured on their site called Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (NBI) is helping the Northwest develop best practices for addressing carbon solutions by pioneering the way and building policy other regions can follow . This is another reason I love living in the Northwestern sector of the United States.
What You Can Do
- Be aware of where your food comes from. In the middle of winter it is best avoid tropical foods that travel great distances and cause the burning of fossil fuels to get the food to you.
- Be alert to farming practices in your area. Support farmers who practice conscientiously.
- Donate and support organizations such as NBI (and others) who are paving the way for our children’s future.
We are all keepers of planet Earth and this is one more thing we can do to restore her health.