How to cut emissions and store carbon – Potato News Today

Agriculture has been recognized for the key role it can play in helping the UK achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050, with individual farmers being encouraged to do their part, writes Louise Impey in this article. for Farmers Weekly.

There is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all approach, experts say, who point out that we will need a host of different options to both reduce emissions and capture or store carbon in soils and forests.

“Achieving net zero in agriculture is a challenge,” says Dave Freeman, business line manager for agriculture at Ricardo Energy & Environment. “There are three main greenhouse gases [GHGs] deal with agricultural activities, all of which are produced in a complex biological system.

To achieve net zero, these GHG emissions must be reduced, while the carbon must be removed from the atmosphere and sequestered, or stored indefinitely, he explains.

“Agriculture cannot be completely carbon free. Emissions are part of the growth biology of plants and animals, ”he says. “There will have to be some carbon sequestration to balance or offset the remaining emissions. “

Source: The farmers’ weekly. Read the full article here
Photo: Courtesy of Tim Scrivener via Farmers Weekly
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