From land grab to soil grab – the new business of carbon farming


The world’s largest agrochemical companies are pushing ahead with carbon credit programmes to enhance their power in the food system and enable big oil, food and tech corporations to avoid cuts to their emissions. This massive soil grab is based on faulty carbon sequestration schemes that undermine real climate solutions and reinforce a model of industrial agriculture and food that erodes soils and is responsible for over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Farmer’s organisations and civil society groups in several countries are struggling to stop governments from passing legislation that would make these corporate carbon farming schemes core parts of national emission reduction plans. Only through a vast programme of agroecology, land redistribution and the re-localisation of food systems can we effectively build carbon back into the soils and cut emissions in the food system.

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GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.

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