Climate change is a huge challenge facing society, and dairy farms are often pointed at as having a large carbon footprint.
Rebecca Burgess, founder of the Fibershed project says that, “our soils have a carbon debt; the atmosphere is gushing with carbon. The carbon over our heads is literally in the wrong place” and this couldn’t be truer.
True sustainable, regenerative agriculture will reverse the negative impact of conventional agriculture and result in sustainable food production.
Taking all this into account, methane is a huge problem. But is it? Recent research has challenged whether methane should be treated in the same manner as carbon dioxide when it comes to its impact on climate change.
Graham’s keynote presentation, Managing N and C to maximise farm performance, truly resonated with the audience. Many of the farmers in attendance are already in transition towards sustainable farming while others are not quite there yet.
What is more important is becoming conscious of how our food is produced, no matter where it comes from. This especially includes considering what it would have taken for food to arrive on the shelves of your local supermarket.
The conversation about the negative impacts of nitrogen fertiliser is often focused on the soil, but the broader environmental impact is just as big of a challenge. Watch Dr Craig Galloway explain why in this video.
Soil carbon helps with moisture retention and can get you through dry periods. Farm management practices should be wired towards sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere!
The soil is more than just a big blob of brown stuff. It has organic matter, mineral particles as well as a variety of microorganisms. The quantity of each of these determines the health of that soil.
Farmers are waging a daily war to keep their farm productive. Find out what they are doing on the battlefield to strengthen their allies and win the war.