Ranchers Could Earn Carbon Credits, Save the World Through Better Grazing Practices

grazing sheep in a field photo

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In a statement that makes you just want to smack yourself in the forehead, scientists have determined that grazing practices play a significant role in soaking up C02. So much so, that they feel farmers and ranchers could take part in the carbon credits market.

The issue of course, is getting farmers to change grazing practices to those that are more earth friendly and C02 absorbing.

Simple changes in grazing practices could soak up millions of tons of carbon a year, helping fight climate change, improving farm productivity and earning farmers carbon credits, a scientist said on Tuesday.

But such measures needed to spread globally to more than 120 million farmers working grazing lands, such as savannah and shrubland, Andreas Wilkes of the World Agroforestry Center in Beijing, said.

It's carbon sequestering without all the fancy technology and manufacturing of mechanical parts. The trick is ensuring that grassland can absorb CO2 to its fullest potential, which means planting various species of grass, fencing off portions so grasses can grow, foresting portions so C02 can be absorbed by trees, and so on. By changing up grazing practices worldwide, scientists figure that between 1.3 and 2 billion tons of C02 can be stored by 2030.

Farmers may also be able to earn carbon credits for changing their practices, but right now, the ability is very limited and not well accounted for, so there still isn't much of a carrot on the end of the stick for farmers.

Via Reuters
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