All living things are made of carbon. Carbon is also a part of the ocean, air, soil and even rocks. In fact, most of the chemicals that make up living tissue contain carbon (discounting water, your body is about half carbon).
When carbon is burned and released into the atmosphere it combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide, which is absorbed by plants and trees during the process of photosynthesis and used to make carbohydrates, which travel through the food chain.
Animals and human beings feed on the plants passing the carbon compounds along the food chain. Most of the carbon they consume is exhaled as carbon dioxide formed during respiration.
Along the way, a lot of carbon is stored long-term in the plants and trees, particularly in their root systems in the soil. When these organisms die the carbon is recycled so that it can be used by future generations.
The model that describes the processes involved is called the carbon cycle. Here’s what the carbon cycle looks like:
By better understanding this carbon cycle and developing regenerative farming practices that actually improve the quality of the soil, we could potentially store billions of tons in the soil and reduce the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is warming the Planet.
In this video, I share my thoughts on regenerative agriculture and how more sustainable and regenerative farming practices could be an important way to reduce the carbon in our atmosphere.
To learn more about the carbon cycle and how a deeper understanding of it could revolutionize agriculture, visit the Carbon Cycle Institute.