A visiting soil scientist says that conventional farming practices prevent soil from increasing its carbon content – soil carbon is important for healthy soil and healthy crops.
Soil is also able to store more carbon than trees and other plants.
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“They say increasing carbon storage in soil can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improving soil health and agricultural production.
“But Australian soil ecologist Christine Jones, who is in New Zealand to run a series of workshops on the subject, says conventional farming practices work against being able to increase carbon in the form of stable humus in soil.”