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Carbon Farming and the Compost Connection - April 2019

Through our sustainable landscaping and gardening program, StopWaste has long promoted the benefits of compost as a way to reduce organic waste while creating healthy soils and saving water. Now scientists are recognizing compost as a tool to fight climate change. Carbon farming refers to practices — including the application of compost — to increase the ability of soil and plants to pull carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it deep in the soil. Carbon farming also increases water-holding capacity, reduces erosion, creates healthier plants, increases forage production, and reduces costs for supplemental feed, making it one of the most cost-effective carbon capture strategies available.