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A False Solution: Why Carbon Markets Don't Work for Agriculture

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/17/false-solution-why-carbon-markets-dont-work-agriculture

The emission of greenhouse gases has to stop yesterday. For a YEAR.
While we assess the possibilities of product needs, manufacturing greening and supply chain efficacy.
We have to redefine how we award benefits to manufacturers, designers, owning of process/production and marketing for need.

Earth First.

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The Indigenous Environmental Network has been working to raise awareness of the REDD+ scam since its inception. It is at minimum ethnocide and increasingly appearing to be slow downshift to genocide and the longer it throws spanners in the REAL WORK of cutting emissions it is increasingly guaranteed ecocide.


IEN provides a seminal text to add to your library on this issue. Know the premises to facilitate alliances in development. The ideas must be put into words in order to discuss directions.

IEN: CARBON PRICING - A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance nored-dot-com

I am very pleased to see articles regarding regenerative agriculture here, including articles regarding carbon farming and problems around the administration of carbon farming. As we speak of a Green New Deal, these are factors that we in some sense embrace and that we might do well to understand.

Farmers are driven–often from pillar to post–by a financial market. Yet what supports us all ultimately is an ecology: “the” economy only regulates who gets to consume or to direct the use of what is produced. There can be no reasonable doubt that linking finance to anything in agriculture involves embracing some distortion in activities. Likewise, even the measure of carbon sequestered involves a one-factor measurement of a complex and ultimately self-regulating system.

We have to free farmers from the reflexive market-driven responses that have been endemic to the industry in order to enable them to respond to the ecologies of their regional climates and local topographies. At the same time, we gain nothing and indeed lose much by underwriting large agricultural industry if said industry does not actually respond reasonably and practically to the crisis or crises at hand–certainly including, but just as certainly not limited to climate change.

Between members of movements centered around various conceptions of regenerative agriculture, there has already risen debate over the particular extent of carbon sequestration over one or another period of time. To date, at least most of these discussions suffer from the same superficiality that attends most considerations of one-factor measurement. There tends to be much flag-waving around comparisons of differences per year and per acre, with little consideration of how the land is otherwise left before and after. This is probably inevitable for various reasons, but past some point, it is also counterproductive because the various branded systems use methodologies that are by far better used in conjunction than apart.

At the same time, a regenerative system, most any regenerative system, will perforce sequester carbon. If we put all the extensive measuring and accounting things aside, the matter becomes fairly simple: living beings–animal, vegetable, and fungal–are made of carbon (with oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen, and, including generally a good deal of water). So the process itself, apart from human (mis)understanding, has no special requirement for the pretense of measurement where one must arbitrarily assign starting and ending dates and places and where one cannot control factors anyway. The essential matter is fairly straightforward: a thriving ecosystem of any sort sequesters tons per acre, and does this in ways that ensure other moderating influences on climate, and all this along with a host of other benefits as well.

Forests and other ecosystems create fertility and nutrient, process and bind or eliminate toxins, moderate temperature and humidity, create and extent habitat, including human habitat. It works if it is done.

The question is whether and how the human system can bend itself towards doing this.

What works is a Direct Tax on Carbon. (DTC) If you want to stop the use of something make it expensive.