How agriculture absorbs and stores greenhouse gases

Agriculture experiences the impacts of climate change first hand. Farmers face the volatile environment that makes their job more of a challenge and receive criticism for agriculture’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

The industry is responsible for 10% of the UK’s carbon emissions, but it is a sink and a source.

Soil is as a sink; a deposit that absorbs and stores carbon from the atmosphere. When soil is damaged, it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Carbon sinks play a vital role in preventing carbon levels from rising, so optimising their performance could impact carbon levels in the atmosphere.

Farming practices such as keeping soil covered by plants, increasing crop diversity, and planned grazing are some of many ways to put carbon back into the soil.

Technology advancements within the industry could decrease agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing carbon absorption. The saturated agri-tech market provides solutions to problems and inefficiencies within the industry.

Glas Data’s decision support device, GlasCore, allows farmers and processors to monitor their farming business. With their partner, Rothamsted Research, Glas Data is working on a carbon sequestration prediction model that enables users to review how much carbon specific crops absorb.

The model aims to help reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase productivity. Land that is rich in carbon is more productive.

Absorbing carbon from the atmosphere helps mitigate climate change, but it also increases productivity in farming businesses.