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The climate crisis and years of unsustainable farming in the United States have resulted in soil erosion, pollinator loss, farmworkers and livestock exposed to extreme heat, and other harmful impacts. In 2019, 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions came from agriculture. At the same time, farmers and the land they work are vulnerable to climate impacts such as drought and extreme weather.
Sustainable soil amendments such as biochar and compost are among the many agricultural practices that can help farmers mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. This is the final article in EESI’s five-part series on sustainable agricultural practices including cover crops, agroforestry, no-till farming, sustainable livestock grazing, and soil amendments.