What is carbon farming?



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    Carbon farming is a project that involves re-establishing wetlands in order to rebuild rich peat soils. The process sequesters CO2 and could eventually eliminate the CO2 emissions that current farming practices create.

    Carbon farming is still being tested, however, and there are fears that the process of creating these wetlands could actually produce other gases, such as nitrous oxide and methane, which are much more harmful to the environment. There is also a possiblity that the process could create methylmercury, which is toxic to mammals. These possibilites, depending on how much is created in the process, could outweigh the benefits carbon farming provides in removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

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