Emissions of CO2 are a major challenge, also for agriculture. In the short run, it is difficult to provide a significant reduction in CO2 emissions because large amounts of energy are used in the primary production, and in the production of supplementary feed, commercial fertilizers, chemicals and more. Here, the technology should probably come to the rescue of agriculture with green energy. But agriculture can contribute in another way, agriculture can produce organic carbon (it is also called humus hereafter) so they can store large amounts of CO2 to the great benefit of the climate. To put it in perspective, agriculture in the new agricultural reform must reduce CO2 emissions by 8 million tonnes in DK alone, of which 1.8 million tonnes they know how to transport, but the rest must come from new technology that has not been fully developed.
But if a total farm produced 0.1% humus per hectare then they would remove 22 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and 1% equals 220 million tons. It is possible by using microorganism to the soil. The positive side-effects are multiple.
- Increased biodiversity
- Increased nutrients in food
- Healthy coastal waters and fresh water. Humus binds nutrients so that they are not leached out into the aquatic environment
- Increased food yield
- Reduces the consumption of commercial fertilizers.
- Reduces the consumption of plant protection products.
- Reduces ammonia emissions from livestock production.
- Reduces odour nuisance from livestock production.
- Reduces the consumption of antibiotics in livestock production.
- Reduces energy consumption for soil treatment
Humus has a unique property of absorbing water.
- A humus-rich soil can absorb large amounts of water in connection with extremely heavy rainfall.
- A humus-rich soil can hold water. This postpones the crop’s drought stress during periods of drought
The project have a low cost- proven method to rebuild and maintain fertile soil
The criteria on a fertile soil are.
- 25% Air
- 25% Water
- 45% Minerals
- 5% Humus