Episode #9 – Digging Deep on Soil Carbon. In this episode we hear from Senior Scientific Lead Rachael Ramsay about the scientific consensus around soil carbon, its impact on farm carbon footprints, options to reduce atmospheric carbon and whether soil is the silver bullet in the fight against climate change.
There is an increasing awareness of the role of soil, grassland, peatland and atmospheric carbon capture in the pursuit of net zero emissions. The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggests that the soil around the world has the capacity to capture 20 gigaton of carbon over a period of 25 years, the equivalent of 10% of global emissions - demonstrating the power of improved soil management and building soil carbon reserves.
Catch up on our previous soils episode with Dr Bill Crooks here https://www.fas.scot/publication/podcast-the-thrill-of-the-hill-renewables/ and for more information on improving soil management, check out Farming for a Better Climate here https://www.farmingforabetterclimate.org/improving-farm-profitability/soils-fertilisers-and-manures/.