Why do we need carbon farming?
In our atmosphere, the amount of carbon is too high.
It’s warming the earth and destabilizing our climate.
In our soil, however, the amount of carbon is dangerously low.
Our soils have lost more than half their carbon over the last 200 years because of long-term overgrazing, overuse of chemicals, and erosion.
Moving carbon from the atmosphere to the soil will help combat climate change!
Carbon molecules feed soil life. Those microorganisms feed all the plants that grow. Those plants nourish the animals that feed civilization.
So how do we farm carbon?
Grass-fed beef can be an important component of carbon farming when managed properly. However, not all grass-fed beef is managed the same. Pasture One partners with ranchers who utilize regenerative ranching practices to help create healthy soils, which in turn helps our ranchers become land stewards.
From Ranchers to Land Stewards
When ranchers take care of the land, the cattle thrive. Multiple crops and energy-dense grasses generate deep and plentiful root systems, better water infiltration, and an abundance of worms and other key indicators of a healthy soil system.
These ingredients help produce extremely high-quality beef. Plus, ranchers spend less on labor, equipment, pesticides and the like, and they can better weather periods of drought because their soil can retain more water for longer.
Little root structure
- Few earthworms
- Little to no carbon
- Single species of crops
- Herbicide & pesticide use
- Synthetic fertilizers
- Water infiltrates at 1⁄2" per hour
- No pollinators
- Uncontrolled grazing
LAND STEWARDS Polyculture
Deep & plentiful roots
- Abundant community of worms
- Increasing levels of carbon
- Multiple crops (10+)
- Little to no herbicide & pesticide
- Natural fertilizers Water infiltrates at 8" per hour
- Pollinators Managed grazing
“Work with nature, rather than against it.”
—Bill Mollison, Father of Permaculture