Six feet under: The role of soil carbon in tackling climate change


Global farmers face an enormous challenge to satisfy a rapidly growing demand for food, feed, fibres and fuels. At the same time the environmental sustainability of production methods is being questioned. Farmers have to simultaneously cut greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient leakages, reduce and replace fossil fuel energy, improve biodiversity and still be profitable enough to be economically sustainable in the long term.

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In this open seminar, international and national researchers will share their knowledge and views on how carbon capture by grasslands, perennial crops, growing trees in the agricultural landscape and new feeding strategies of cattle can contribute to increasing soil fertility, mitigating global climate change and have an overall positive environmental impact. There are different strategies for fixing carbon in soils through changing agricultural practices and this seminar will give some perspectives on how we can optimise carbon capture in agriculture. We will also discuss how to mitigate current emissions and even avoid emissions through looking at our food consumption patterns.

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Moderator: Dr. Christel Cederberg, Adj. Professor at Chalmers and SIK, Gothenburg

09.00 Registration, coffee
09.30 Welcome to KSLA and the seminar
Dr. Carl-Anders Helander, Secretary General, Managing Director, KSLA
Dr. Christel Cederberg, moderator
09.40 Foodprinting
Introduction to the seminar
Matthew Fielding, MSc, Project manager, SIANI, Stockholm
10.00 Return to the roots
On breeding and growing perennial food crops and their potential for climate mitigation.
Dr. Jerry Glover, US Agency for International Development, USA
10.50 Coffee break with fruits
11.00 Soil as a sink
On soil carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change: potentials and drawbacks
Professor Keith Goulding, Rothamstead Research, UK
11.50 Feeding cattle
On how different feeding strategies for cattle influence greenhouse gases and soil carbon
Dr. Stefan Wirsenius, Chalmers, Göteborg
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Gone with the wind
On climate mitigation potentials of growing trees in agricultural landscapes.
Dr. Karl-Ivar Kumm, Research group leader, SLU Skara
14.10 Gone forever?
On how to feed the world while holding the carbon in forests and soils.
Dr. Peter Holmgren, Director General, CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research)
15.00 Seminar wrap-up, followed by coffee
15.30 Seminar ends