Healthy soils can mitigate climate change

Healthy soils can mitigate climate change

Food production levels can survive at the same pace-or perhaps increase-with best soil management practices.  Climate change models should include soil organic carbon to determine its effects on global food production and sustainability. Research completed by Professor Bruno Basso of Michigan State University is the first of its kind to provide critical insight into the importance of soil management in combating risks associated with climate change. Basso ran a series of models on soils and crops to stimulate the impacts of weather on soil organic carbon and crop yield. To further explore his findings, Basso analyzed soil samples from around the globe to study soil reactions to varying temperatures and measured soil organic carbon and nitrogen levels. This study highlights the use of best management practices such as cover crops to increase soil carbon sequestration levels. Organic agricultural practices aim to maintain the integrity of the soil for many years to come and thus lower the impacts of global climate change.

You can read more about the research from Science Daily: Michigan State University. “Soil holds the secret to mitigating climate change: Food production doesn’t have to be a victim of climate change.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 September 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180917111639.htm>