Indigo Agriculture aims to improve carbon sequestration in commercial and private farm soils as a climate change mitigation strategy. On the face of it, this solution seems viable. With the use of their microbial seed inoculants, Indigo farming increases soil health and carbon sequestration as a result, which makes measurable improvements in crop yields.
Better farming practices allows plants and soils to take in more water and nutrients and produces larger quantities of healthy crops. More crops with better health. This amounts to more carbon sequestration in crops and soils that have received the Indigo treatment. But will farming practices be enough to address climate change on a global scale?
What Are Nature-Based Solutions
Nature-based solutions are practices which protect, sustainably manage, restore or otherwise enhance natural ecosystems in an effort to limit the effects of climate change by increasing natural resiliency. Natural environments already possess the ability to recover after losses from things like wildfire damage, storms or volcanic eruption. Changes like these often degrade ecosystems and can take decades or perhaps centuries to recover from naturally.
Given sufficient time, however, nutrients reoccur in the environment, vegetation regrows and species return. Nature-based solutions are human’s way of supplementing nature’s regenerative aptness. Nature-based solutions may include reforesting, rewilding and bioengineering techniques. The intention is to assist ecosystems as they nurse themselves back to health through natural processes.
The greatest carbon sinks are biological stores – plants, macrobacteria and animals, soils, and bodies of water. Without sinks, greenhouse gases are unable to cycle through Earth, instead, they remain in our atmosphere and add to average heat maximums. Though we can not undo the colossal impact that we’ve anthropogenic activity have already had on biodiversity and natural habitats, we can limit our impact moving forward. Nature-based solutions enable ecospheres to regulate climate and secure climate stabilization.
Can Indigo Agriculture Address Climate Change On A Global Scale?
Managed ecosystems should not be overlooked as they as meaningful climate action. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization five billion hectares. In other words, about 38 percent of all land being used globally is dedicated to farming techniques in some fashion. As human populations grow, so too does our reliance on nature’s contributions. Indigo Agriculture may help set a new standard in farming strategies, or at least cause farmers to rethink large scale farming operations.
Soils that have been damaged from over-fertilization and monoculture practices can be given new hope with Indigo Agriculture‘s patented technology. Farming practices that discourage plant diversity through herbicide use or over use pesticides degrade soil quality over time. Degraded soils are usually less fertile, meaning that they absorb less water, take in fewer nutrients and support less plant life than otherwise healthy soils. Damaged soils are characterized by disease, poor nutrient absorption, inefficient water absorption and inferior crop yields. Indigo farming improves disease resistance, nutrient and water intake and severe weather resilience. Improving plant health, diversity and overall growth will allow for more nutrients and water to flow down into soils.