Aug 03, 2007 - 8:03am
Soil management relies heavily on costly inputs like inorganic
fertilizers and pesticides. Remove these inputs and the result is
However through fresh approaches such as no-till and
adding quality organic compost, soil food-web functions can be
restored. Compaction can be reduced enabling deeper rooting plants that
are better able to cope with climatic extremities.
benefit about improved soil management is the future potential to earn
“carbon credits” under an emissions trading scheme (ETS).
a private deal between Carbon for Life and Rio Tinto Coal in WA, some
farmers will be paid $90/tonne annually and retrospectively for their
Nationally, there will soon be a countrywide ETS aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a contributor to climate change.
farmers this is likely to mean opportunities to create and sell
carbon-offsets. A carbon-offset is any verifiable activity that reduces
greenhouse gas emissions such as planting trees.
While the details
of a national scheme are still a way off, NSW farmers can currently
provide offset credits to buyers under the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement
Scheme. Many voluntary schemes also exist such as Landcare’s
CarbonSMART that pays farmers for planting and maintaining trees on
Soil management offset credits are only as far away as the creation of a system that can verify these credits.
Australia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol, Australian farmers will have
access to a worldwide market of buyers for farmers’ carbon offsets.
Check out www.carbonsmart.com.au and get carbon farming!