Obstacles in the Past
Regenerative agriculture can sequester between 3 and 7 tonnes of C02 Equivalent per hectare annually.
At the low end, that is a potential capacity for over 60 million tonnes C02 Equivalent per year. Currently we’re using 0% of this resource.
Up to now, there have been significant obstacles to this utilization.
Previous technology for baselining SOC is prohibitively expensive.
The process has been complex, scientifically demanding and time consuming.
There is no soil carbon accrual protocol in Canada, which is largely due to the first two factors. Protocols in other markets are typically based on restrictive practice outlines and conservative estimates rather than actual measurement. Overall there have been very few measurement protocols for agriculture accepted widely enough to garner the support of governments and carbon markets. Alberta is reviewing many of its existing agricultural protocols and it is likely we will need replacements.
National and provincial government policies have not focused on the development of farm scale measurement and agricultural improvement initiatives. Much of this was due to the belief that measurement was too expensive and not viable.