The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to a particular activity or individual is called their Carbon footprint. In other words, each one of us plays a part in contributing to climate change and global warming due to our daily activities and choices. What we choose to eat, how we conduct our lives or even what we choose to wear leaves behind a “footprint” on the planet.
Agriculture and food are a huge contributor to carbon emissions. India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and according to a report by the International Energy Agency it accounts for 7% of global GHG emissions. Agriculture and livestock account for 18% of gross national emissions. The unsustainable use of land, soil, water & energy for food leads to the GHG emissions. The use of water, fertilizers, soil disturbance, bad residue management are some of the causes of emissions.
As the population is increasing, the demand for food increases, adding to the processes leading to the destruction of our planet. According to UN reports, without intervention, food system emissions will likely increase by 40% by 2050. It seems that we’re sitting on a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. What can we do to save the planet and save our own lives in the process?
Enter – Carbon Negative Farming Practices!
Simply put, carbon-neutral or carbon-negative farming includes agricultural activities which absorb more carbon dioxide than they release. Carbon farming can help achieve carbon neutrality by absorbing carbon dioxide gas from the air, converting it into solid carbon and storing it in the soil where the carbon can improve soil fertility. This process boosts crop yields, hence increasing food production and at the same time reduces the carbon footprint of farming.
Some ways of achieving carbon-negative farming include reduced fertilizer usage, reduced tillage, better residue management, improved water management and increased production of cover crops! One of the best examples of carbon neutral farming is Hydroponic Farming!
The Gourmet Garden way
What if we told you that there’s a way to produce food without involving soil at all! Hydroponic farming means growing plants in water without any soil. It absorbs carbon from the air without disturbing the earth. This is an extremely sustainable way of growing the food needed to feed the population.
Gourmet Garden prides itself in being an ecological friendly setup contributing to saving the planet! We use 80-90% less water, 60-80% less land than regular farming. Not only this, we have adapted our farming to India’s frugal methods, reducing the cost of farming, making us the future of modern agriculture.
We use zero chemicals, zero fertilizers and zero pesticides, hence eliminating all the activities that release GHG emissions.
By being our customer, you are contributing to the Save the planet movement. You may not think that we are the ultimate solution, but we are a step in the right direction! 🙂