'Climate-smart soils' may help balance carbon budget

Soil and land use changes can help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

While the world's food and fiber are grown in farm soil, scientists are examining ways to use it to sequester carbon and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

"We can substantially reduce atmospheric carbon by using soil. We have the technology now to begin employing good soil practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University professor of soil and crop sciences and co-author of "Climate-Smart Soils," a Perspectives piece published April 6 in

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