Thinking outside the box: farmers could make more money switching from cattle to carbon

Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, a new study has found.

Researchers from leading universities, including the University of Sheffield, carried out a survey of , biodiversity and economic values from one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the western Andes of Colombia.

The main use of land in communities is cattle farming, but the study found farmers could make the same or more money by allowing their land to naturally regenerate.

Under  markets designed to stop global warming, they could get paid to change the use of their land from growing cows to ‘growing carbon’ – receiving around US$1.99 per tonne of carbon dioxide the trees remove from the atmosphere.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-cattle-fields-carbon-farms-tackle.html#jCp

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