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Research released earlier this month from Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has found that one of the biggest carbon offsets for farmers could be right beneath their feet.

The researchers found that organic matter in soil, such as decomposing plant and animal residues, sequesters more carbon than plants and the atmosphere combined. Researchers state that unsustainable forestry and agriculture has led to loss in soil carbon, however improving how the land is managed could increase soil carbon enough to offset future carbon emissions.

The full report can be downloaded here

An article about the research can be found on the Stanford University website.

 

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