Large food companies are looking to lock carbon in soil as a way to meet ambitious emissions goals

Regenerative agriculture practices can sequester carbon in soil, but for companies with complex supply chains, the logistics of moving to such practices can be complicated.

Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Soil samples from Dostie Farm are placed in a battery-powered oven to remove moisture before they go to a lab for elemental analysis to measure the amount of carbon trapped in the soil. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Dave Herring (right) and Leah Puro stand in front of a building at Wolfe’s Neck Center, a research center and a working dairy farm that sells its milk to Stonyfield Organic. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Egide Dostie Jr. (left), Selena Brown and Egide Dostie Sr.’s Dostie Farm is one of six dairies working with Stonyfield to hone cost-effective methods for measuring soil carbon. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Leah Puro and Jason Johnson take a soil sample from a Dostie Farm pasture with an AgriCORE soil sampling tool while the Dosties and Brown look on. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Selena Brown has a name for every one of Dostie Farm’s 210 cows, including this one, Swiss Roll. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Inside a makeshift office in the farm’s garage, Selena Brown and Britt Lundgren review data from farmOS, a software tool that allows for spatial representation of daily farm records. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox
Selena Brown digs a soil sample while Britt Lundgren (center) and others record data on the pasture in the United States Department of Agriculture’s LandPKS tool. Photo courtesy of Meg Wilcox

“When you think of the scope of the problem that climate change poses, why wouldn’t you do it?” –Britt Lundgren

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