The Carbon Farming Solution

A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security




Any book this size will contain a few errors even after countless hours of editing. This one is no exception. Here are a few errors that will be corrected in the next printing. You can send errors you notice to toensmeier [AT] Typos and other minor errors will not be reported on this page though I am making careful notes on them as well.


Chapter 3

Figure 3.1 The key notes that red shows single studies, and blue shows reviews and expert estimates. In fact the reverse is true. Here is an earlier, but correct, version, courtesy of Rafter Ferguson.


Page 36-37. Rattan Lal’s excellent article “Abating climate change and feeding the world through soil carbon sequestration” actually states that 50pmm can be drawn down not through conservation agriculture alone, as I state here, but as part of a strategy that also includes managed grazing and reforestation.


Chapter 7

Page 86

At the bottom of the page I note that stored manure is a serious source of nitrous oxide. While this is true, I omit to mention that manure on pastures is also a major source of nitrous oxide.


Page 96

Intensive silvopasture does not sequester nearly as much carbon as I state here. I'm embarrassed to say that I neglected to convert from carbon dioxide, meaning these figures of 8.8 tons per hectare for standard intensive silvopasture and 26.6 when timber trees are added are too high. The correct numbers are a far more modest 2.4 and 7.2 respectively, which are much more in line with global numbers for silvopasture in general. This mistake is repeated in several other places throughout the book.



Chapter 10

Page 117

It is very difficult to read figure 10.2. Here is an earlier version that is more legible courtesy of Rafter Ferguson.


Page 122-123

In several places I provide different numbers for the goal in yield of tons per hectare per year that the land Institute is pursuing. The correct number is 1.2 tons per hectare.


Chapter 11

Page 132

Figure 11.2 this figure is also difficult to read. Here is a better version courtesy of Rafter Ferguson.


Chapter 13

Page 166

Mesquite has not been shown to sequester 2 to 20 tons per hectare per year, I'm afraid I misread the study. It's sequestration rate appears to be unreported in the English-language literature.


Chapter 18

Page 230. The sidebar, colored orange, should end after the paragraph titled "crop development ".


Chapter 25

Page 315

“Leakey’s 12 Principles” is meant to be a sidebar, ending at the bottom of the page. The paragraph that follows it that begins "and since carbon farming…” Is actually the conclusion of the previous section.


Appendix A

Note should read Chapter 10, not Chapter 11.