Source: Robin Booker,, January 25, 2018 

Carbon depletion versus sequestration may be why Ottawa isn’t recognizing prairie efforts

Canadian east versus west politics likely factors into why the federal government isn’t talking about the sequestration of carbon in prairie soil.

Information compiled by Agriculture Canada shows soil organic carbon is increasing in western Canadian cropland with the reduction of tillage and implementation of direct seeding, while cropland in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes continues to lose soil organic carbon, largely because of the higher dependence on tillage, said Mario Tenuta of the Soil Ecology Laboratory at the University of Manitoba.

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Image Source: This maps from Agriculture Canada shows the amount of organic carbon change in Canadian soil over time. See AAFC’s Soil Organic Matter Indicator at