Local Agriculture

Perennial pastures anchor carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The year-round root system increases organic matter three times better than no-till

 A substantive shift to pasture-anchored rotations can help farmers build their soil, sequester carbon and address climate change, says a pasture specialist.


E. Ann Clark, who spent much of her 31-year academic career with the University of Guelph, told a recent Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario conference that soil’s capacity to hold organic carbon will change depending on how it’s managed.


Carbon levels are high in forests and native prairie but will drop if the land is cultivated.


February 10, 2017 - 17:30