Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached the symbolic benchmark of 400 parts per millions in 2015. Fortunately, Lignition’s agricultural products, powered by Earth’s most fundamental process, photosynthesis, could make a significant contribution to tackling the threat of climate change. Climate change is not just a geological problem – the rising temperatures have additional consequences. Improving soil management in crop farming not only has the ability to increase crop yields but can contribute to annual carbon emissions reductions between 0.9 and 1.85 billion tonnes per year, equivalent to removing between 215 and 400 million cars from the roads. This is the power of carbon sequestration.
Rather than viewing carbon dioxide as a liability, Lignition views it as an asset, creating products that help speed the carbon sequestration process, which is about storing carbon for the long term. In fact, our products contain 26%-28% carbon. An article in Scientific America (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-dirt-can-clean-the-air/) discusses how scientists are increasingly regarding protecting and expanding the world’s carbon sinks, including soil, as a major climate change mitigation tool.
However, before carbon sequestration can take place, a substantially large amount of CO2 has to be removed from the atmosphere through trees and plants. Photosynthesis is the process that supports all life on Earth. This process, perfected over hundreds of millions of years, consumes excess CO2 from the atmosphere which, in turn, increases crop yields allowing for growth in the quantity and the quality of food produced. Lignition’s agricultural products supply additional energy to your crops to support a more efficient photosynthesis, therefore consuming greater amounts of CO2. This additional energy is simply extracted from a sustainable and renewable technology – through the lignin found in plants.
What is lignin though? Lignin is an essential organic carbon-containing compound that helps to support the structure of all plant material on Earth. Basically, with no lignin, all plants would be flat on the ground. By capturing the lignin in plants, our agricultural products are able to support the efficiency of photosynthesis to higher levels and therefore, capturing extra energy. The amount of extra energy that can be captured per acre, with the use of Lignition products, can be up to the equivalent of more than 50 barrels of oil.
“The beauty of carbon sequestration is if you improve your resource bases – your soil health, your soil fertility – it almost automatically comes with sequestration of carbon,” said Rolf Sommer, one of the authors of a paper published in Scientific Reports and a member of the International Center for Tropical Agricultural.
The destructive effects that climate change has on improving food security, increasing crop yields and increasing the resilience of agriculture are some of the key discussion points among policymakers today. However, the importance of soil and land use management and what it can do to mitigate climate change tends to be ignored. Well, Lignition does not ignore the importance of soil management. To learn more about how our agricultural products are helping several major concerns that face humanity, check out our “Global Impact” page discussing three different issues that our products help to resolve today!