In GreenBiz, CIBO is featured as a marketplace that is helping farmers get paid for their regenerative agriculture practices. Jim Giles breaks down the different marketplaces and how organizations are evaluating agricultural carbon credits.
Multiple studies show that regenerative agriculture — principally, use of cover crops, diverse crop rotations and reduced till — builds soil fertility and stores carbon. Spread of these practices is slow, however, because each comes with upfront costs. Allowing farmers to earn credits for drawing down carbon, say advocates of the idea, would accelerate uptake, leading to more fertile soils and cuts to greenhouse gases.