Science Special - Agroforestry

Welcome to Science Friday, agroforestry edition! We have pulled together some of our favorite links on agroforestry and its potential to help mitigate climate change. 

  • According to the USDA National Agroforestry Center, agroforestry is "a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and sustainable land-use systems." Check out the USDA factsheet for more information.
  • The use of agroforestry isn not limited to the United States though - carbon sequestration is tropical agroforestry systems could store up to 1.1-2.2 billion tons of carbon over the next 50 years, according to this report in Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment
  • This report from Oxford shows the ability for agroforestry systems to be integrated into carbon offset schemes. 

     

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