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Carbon Dioxide in the Soil

The villain: carbon dioxide

If I told you there’s carbon dioxide stored in our soil, would you believe me? And if I told you the amount of carbon dioxide in soil is decreasing, specifically between 50 and 70 percent,  would you say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’? In doing research for this blog, we were surprised to find out just how much Co2 makes a difference under the Earth. 

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide is considered a villain in the fight for climate action: agriculture releases extreme amounts of Co2; deforestation means trees fail to complete the photosynthesis process and unbalance the Co2—O composition; the excess of carbon dioxide also contributes to global heating. To reduce carbon dioxide is the climate mission. But Co2 has a place it should call home: in our soil. 

Having carbon dioxide in our soil allows it to do all of its important functions, including photosynthesis and water-retention. It is also important for the structural integrity and fertility of the soil. Despite the villainous role Co2 plays in climate change and also in our respiratory system, it’s an important mineral that balances our soil, allows plants to grow and protects the integrity of our soil so water run off, erosion and drought have less of an impact on our ability to grow food.

If you’re not into the delicious produce our farmer friends pull from the Earth, if you consider yourself more of a carnivore, this matters to you, too. Many of our meat products are grass-fed to give them as natural of a life as possible and make the meat juicy, tasty and healthier.  How does conventional agriculture contribute to this problem, and what can we do to reduce the impact of meat production? 

Conventional Agriculture
Conventional agriculture including overturning soil, the damage to soil structures by overpacked fields and over-grazing, and uprooting plants to stall the photosynthesis cycle all contribute to the breakdown of this important process called carbon dioxide sequestering. The use of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilisers and chemical GMOs, medicines and vaccinations which are integrated into the soil via animal waste, all disrupt the mineral balance in the soil and also disrupt the Co2 composition, meaning all the important functions we mentioned before break down and stop working.

How Sunshine Coast Organic Meats helps
Sunshine Coast Organic Meats and our dedicated farmers are making a difference to protect carbon dioxide sequestration and keep our soil fertile and secure. With lower yields, less chemical use and more sustainable practice are a few easy things we do that are instrumental to climate protection. 

Not only does it protect our soil, it ensures animal welfare is high, our impact on all aspects of environmental sustainability is tangible and our meat is high-quality and delicious.

We're here to provide you with local, ethically produced meat year-round, including Christmas. There's just under 2 weeks until Christmas orders close for the year so ensure you've finalised your Christmas menu and sent in your order.