Submitted to: World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/15/2003
Publication Date: 8/15/2003
Citation: REICOSKY, D.C. ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF SOIL CARBON IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE. CD-ROM. FOZ DO IGUACU, BRAZIL: II WORLD CONGRESS ON CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE. 2003.
Technical Abstract: Eco-efficient farming is economically competitive, environmentally friendly and maintains the sustainability of food and fiber production. This requires a certain level of environmental consciousness as a normal part of doing business in modern agriculture. We must reduce pollution and use our resources in line with the earth's carrying capacity for sustainable production. Understanding these environmental benefits and getting the conservation practices implemented on the land will hasten the development of harmony between man and nature while increasing production. The responsibility lies on the shoulders of the farmer to maintain a delicate balance between the economic implications of farming practices and the environmental consequences of using the wrong practices. This responsibility entails producing quality food and fiber to meet the increasing population while using economical and environmentally-friendly management practices, such as conservation agriculture with direct seeding techniques. These techniques are socially acceptable and lead to sustainable production that is mutually beneficial to farmers and all of society. Accepting the challenges of maintaining food security by incorporating carbon storage in conservation planning demonstrates concern for global resources and willingness to work in harmony with nature. This concern presents a positive role for conservation agriculture that will have a major impact on global sustainability and our future quality of life.