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Here's an article that talks about a way of growing and making clothing that doesn't just reduce our carbon footprint, it helps sequester carbon in the soil.  This is a good thing!

Climate Beneficial Wool

A significant number of the sheep in our region are moved through and grazed upon the vegetation of California’s rangeland, pasture, perennial and annual cropland systems. Currently alpaca, llama and mohair producers also utilize pasture (managed, grazed domestic forage) and to some degree rangeland (grazed resident vegetation) for their agricultural practices. All of these grass-fed, fiber-producing animals have the potential to graze on managed landscapes where Carbon Farming practices are being implemented, thus creating products that are Climate Beneficial™, by virtue of their integral place in the Carbon Farming system.

So basically, with proper land management, grazing fibre animals are a useful source of carbon farming.  Now they are just starting research into this area, and note, they say that these "animals have the potential to graze on managed landscapes where Carbon Farming practices are being implemented" and that they can have an "integral place in the Carbon Farming system."  I take this to mean, that when taken in isolation, sheep alone don't have as much bennifit as when integrated into a holistic system (so basically, long winded way to state the obvious). 

I'm curious what this system will look like in different locations and in different situations.  Grazing alone sequesters carbon in some locations but is a bit iffy how effective it is in other locations.  I bet trees are involved.  Perhaps grazing under fruit and nut trees?  Perhaps it includes how sheep can take marginal and degraded land and (with proper management) return fertility to the soil, making it productive to grow crops again.  Perhaps changing how we process and use clothing is a vital step. 

This idea of clothing sequestering carbon is great.  I want to learn how to make this happen.

There are some interesting bits about Carbon Farming in a Fibershed context here.
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