Soil Carbon Management: Economic, Environmental and Societal Benefits

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  • Highlights the significant economic, environmental, and societal benefits that result from land management practices that maintain or increase soil C
  • Explores the potential for agricultural soils to generate soil C credits that could be traded in the broader greenhouse gas credit market
  • Uses an economic metric where possible to determine the broader value of activities that increase soil C sequestration
  • Describes the benefits of farm programs that reduce soil erosion, improve air and water quality, and mitigate global warming
  • Includes charts and figures that highlight important points
  • Summary

    Better Manage Soil C for Improved Soil Quality

    In the United States, soil has fueled the availability of abundant, safe food, thus underpinning economic growth and development. In the future we need to be more vigilant in managing and renewing this precious resource by replacing the nutrients and life-sustaining matter that we remove for our own needs. Taking these issues into consideration, Soil Carbon Management: Economic, Environmental, and Societal Benefits explores all of the advantages of effective soil carbon (C) management.

    A Different Way of Examining Soil C Management

    This unique resource provides a new conceptual framework to develop policies for managing and enhancing soil C and presents new approaches to achieve positive environmental outcomes. In each chapter, the book poses a problem or set of problems and then describes how effective soil C management can help to solve these challenges, listing the multiple benefits that arise from these practices. The book addresses specific problems such as soil erosion and land degradation and evaluates the advantages of soil C sequestration, specifically for policy development purposes. The policies discussed can be tailored to meet regional and local needs and constraints. The book also explains how to achieve an ideal environment by applying beneficial practices for farming and land management.

    A Plan for the Future

    Illustrating how to conserve and preserve soil quality for future generations and detailing how to restore the ecological functions of soil, this book will aid in the formulation of future agricultural policies that sustain food and fuel needs and have long-lasting, positive environmental impacts.

    Table of Contents

    Overview, Policy, and Economics
    Soil Carbon Management: Economic, Environmental, and Societal Benefits
    John Kimble, Charles W. Rice, Debbie Reed, Siân Mooney, Ronald F. Follett, and Rattan Lal
    Economic and Societal Benefits of Soil Carbon Management: Policy Implications and Recommendations
    Debbie Reed
    On-Farm Benefits of Carbon Management: The Farmers’ Perspectives
    John M. Kimble
    Private and Public Values from Soil Carbon Management
    Siân Mooney and Jeffery Williams
    On-Site Benefits
    Economic and Societal Benefits of Soil Carbon Management: Cropland and Grazing Land Systems
    Ronald F. Follett
    Organic Farming Enhances Soil Carbon and Its Benefits
    Paul Hepperly, Rita Seidel, David Pimentel, James Hanson, and David Douds Jr.
    Benefits of Soil Organic Carbon to Physical, Chemical, and
    Biological Properties of Soil
    Charles W. Rice, Karina Fabrizzi, and Paul White
    Off-Site Benefits
    Soil Physical Properties and Erosion
    Rattan Lal
    Wetlands and Global Carbon
    Steven I. Apfelbaum
    Wildlife Benefits
    N.H. Euliss Jr., M.K. Laubhan, and Robert A. Gleason
    Soil Carbon and the Mitigation of the Risks of Flooding
    Andrew P. Manale
    Environmental and Ecological Benefits of Soil Carbon Management: Surface Water Quality
    Gary Pierzynski, Dan Devlin, and Jeff Neel
    Urban Lands and Carbon Management
    Steven I. Apfelbaum
    Prairies, Savannas, and Forests and Global Carbon Management—The Challenges
    Steven I. Apfelbaum

    Editorial Reviews

    "… written by many authors from the USA, covers the problem, how to save soil quality for future generations and how to restore the ecological functions of soil. The authors discuss the new possibilities to develop policies for managing and enhancing soil carbon. … presents new approaches to achieve positive economic, environmental, and social benefits due to good soil carbon management. …The book is divided into three thematically related chapters. …Data presented in this book are shown on clear figures and well-constructed tables. …very carefully prepared and written in clear language. … recommended for a broad audience, including scientists and researchers working in the field of soil science and agronomy. … can help in the formulation of future agricultural policies which consider the soil as a precious resource needed to sustain food, fiber, and fuel needs. Also students, nonscientists, and farmers find this book very useful and inspiring."

    —K. Hura and T. Hura in Acta Physiol Plant 2008

    "Even though the book was targeted to policymakers, the overview of economic and societal benefits should provide researchers and others with valuable information not commonly reported in soil science research publications. I found the summary of federal, state, and private programs fostering soil carbon sequestration especially helpful. Overall, I count this book as yet another valuable addition to the series."

    – Curtis J. Dell, in Journal of Environmental Quality, Sept 2008, Vol. 37, No. 5