Indigo Agriculture aims to improve carbon sequestration in commercial and private farm soils as a strategy for climate change mitigation. On the face of it, this solution seems viable. With the use of their microbial seed inoculants, Indigo farming makes a measurable difference in crop yields, which increases soil health and carbon sequestration as a result. Better farming practices allows plants and soils to take in more carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) and produces larger quantities of healthy crops. More crops with better health. But will farming practices be enough to address climate change on a global scale?
What Are Nature-Based Solutions
Nature-based solutions are practices which protect, sustainably manage, restore or otherwise enhance natural ecosystems in an effort to limit the effects of climate change. Natural environments already possess the ability to recover after losses from things like wildfire damage, storms or volcanic eruption. Changes like these often cause destruction in just about any ecosystem; that damage may take decades or perhaps centuries to recover from naturally. Given sufficient time, however, nutrients reoccur in the environment, vegetation regrows and species return. Nature-based solutions are human’s way of supplementing nature’s regenerative aptness. Nature-based solutions may include reforesting, more efficient or sustainable land use practices and bioengineering techniques. The intention is to assist ecosystems as they nurse themselves back to health.
Nature-based solutions are undoubtedly going to be instrumental to combating climate change. The greatest carbon sinks are biological stores – plants, macrobacteria and animals, soils, and bodies of water. Without sinks, greenhouse gases are unable to cycle through Earth, instead, they all remain suspended in our atmosphere. Polluting our air with fossil fuels only complements the issue ecosystem degradation. Ecosystem degradation refers to adverse anthropogenic impacts on wetland, coastal, polar, mountainous, grasslands, forests, tropical forests and oceanic environments. Though we can not undo the colossal impact that we’ve already had on biodiversity and environments globally, we can limit our impact moving forward. Nature-based solutions enable ecospheres to regulate climate and produce the framework necessary to support climate change.
Can Indigo Agriculture Address Climate Change On A Global Scale?
Managed ecosystems should not be overlooked as a meaningful climate action. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization five billion hectares. In other words, about 38 percent of all land being used globally is dedicated to farming techniques in some fashion. As human populations grow, so too does our reliance on nature’s contributions. Indigo Agriculture may help set a new standard in farming strategies, or at least cause farmers to rethink large scale farming operations.
Soils that have been damaged from over-fertilization and monoculture practices are given new hope with Indigo Agriculture‘s patented technology. Bad farming practices can make soil less fertile over time. Damaged soils are characterized by disease, poor nutrient absorption, inefficient water absorption and inferior crop yields. Imagine how much farm acreage is being wasted due to poor soil management. Indigo farming improves disease resistance, nutrient and water intake and severe weather resilience. Improving plant health, diversity and overall growth will allow for more nutrients and water to flow down into soils.