Project Drawdown ranks silvopasture as the ninth best solution for reducing carbon emissions and, according to them, "Silvopasture is an ancient practice that integrates trees and pasture into a single system for raising livestock. Research suggests silvopasture far outpaces any grassland technique for counteracting the methane emissions of livestock and sequestering carbon under-hoof. Pastures strewn or crisscrossed with trees sequester five to ten times as much carbon as those of the same size that are treeless, storing it in both biomass and soil."
This collection contains three stories (see below) that detail how silvopasture is being used in different regions. While cutting the emissions of conventional farming and sequestering huge amounts of carbon, silvopasture also revitalizes farms as is seen in places like Mexico and Tanzania where farmers are adopting silvopasture to fight soil degradation, increase biodiversity and regenerate the land. US farmers have lagged in adopting this practice - currently only 1 percent of farms in the US use the technique. Still, knowledge of this ancient practice is slowly spreading around the world, showing that it is a relatively technology-free way to make a large impact. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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