‘Money trees’ for farmers
PORT Douglas and Mossman farmers can now plant their own “money trees” under the Federal Government’s carbon farming initiative.
Labor’s carbon farming scheme, which began last week, pays farmers for planting trees to help reduce carbon pollution but the trees planted must be native to their particular region.
Planting trees native to the local area is just one of the methods the Government has approved for farmers who take part in a bid to help reduce the carbon footprint.
Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia Andre Leu said any initiative to help reduce the region’s carbon footprint has to be supported.
“One of the best ways to do this is with organic farming whereby all of the organic and carbon materials go back into the soil and planting trees is just one of the effective ways to do this,” he said.
“But to get the full benefit of ’carbon farming’ the right trees must be planted in the right regions with the right soil types and the right amount of rainfall or it will not be as effective.
“We are lucky in Australia because we have access to many experts who know trees and who know how to best help people grow them.”
All living organisms contain carbon and 50 per cent of the dry weight of the average tree is carbon.
It is one of six major Greenhouse Gasses (GHGS) that contribute to global warming.
Man-made emissions of the greenhouse gasses result in the ’enhanced’ greenhouse effect.
The reason trees are the only crop included in the carbon pricing reduction scheme is because it relates to accreditation requirements whereby the carbon stores are measurable and permanent.
Crops such as sugar are harvested annually and the carbon stored within the crop is transformed and in many cases released back to the environment.
For tips on how to reduce your individual carbon footprint visit www. climatesmart. qld. gov. au/ get_involved/low_carbon_diet