What is soil carbon sequestration?
The process in which plants take carbon (co2) from the atmosphere and store it in the soil carbon pool.
How can you aid soil sequestration?
In regenerative farming, you aid soil carbon sequestration by not tilling the soil and by using cover crops to cover the living soil with green plants for much of the year, for example.
What are the benefits of this?
1. Keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
2. Enhancing soil structural stability, aeration, infiltration, and water-holding capacity.
3. Increasing the nutrition density in crops.
4. The function of the entire watershed, positively affecting freshwater and marine environments far from the farm.
But what about organic carbon?
Many conventional farmers spread organic matter like animal manure or compost on the soil surface. While this practice has its benefits, organic matter does not possess those deep humus generating qualities which root exudates do. Instead, organic matter will eventually decompose and produce carbon dioxide.