01 May '14, 11am

Forest “Carbon Farms” More Profitable Than Raising Cattle

I’ve seen cattle land in upstate Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, in the area formerly covered by the great Mata Atlantica forest. Much of it is steep hillsides that cattle can barely move about on, with a low stocking density. Unlike in the Amazon, the remaining forest is stably protected, Some reafforestation is going on, but not on a large scale. $2 a tonne of carbon is incredibly cheap. A forest tree grown to maturity fixes about a tonne in its life. You have to plant at least three or four more which will be lost to thinning or accident. Can you really get the locals to plant and maintain five trees for $2? The ultimate fate of the carbon is of interest. It the wood is chipped and burnt or fermented, it reenters the atmosphere – sustainable, but not a net reduction over 40 years. The best is if the timber is used in building or furniture, where it stays out of circulation fo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/01/forest-carbon-farms-p...

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