Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories that portray how farmers around the world are implementing conservation agriculture. In Colorado, one man is leaving behind what has become standard practice and has instead stopped tilling his land and is planting cover crops. These two actions allow him to cultivate healthier soil and use less fuel. The cotton industry has also stepped up and started using conservation agriculture, from no-tilling methods to special water regulation. Farmers in the UK are trading their ploughs for cover crops in a movement to protect the soil from depletion. In the US, new legislation is helping farmers adopt sustainable practices and many are starting to use diverse cover crops and crop rotation that leaves more nutrients in the soil.
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Conservation agriculture, when looking at a single acre, does not appear to do much in the way of reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But when looking at the big picture, the amount of carbon that will be sequestered is immense; agriculture is everywhere. Conservation agriculture has three main principles: minimize soil disturbance; maintain soil cover; and manage crop rotation. Crops will be more resilient against changing climates and will adapt more quickly to natural disasters like droughts or floods. Project Drawdown lists conservation agriculture among the most significant solution for reducing our carbon emissions and slowing down climate change.