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Pasture Management Key to Paris Climate Accord

By now you’ve probably heard about the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where 196 nations joined to reach a landmark agreement to reduce pollution on a global scale (the first one, ever!). The overarching agreement to slowly move from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions all over the world is groundbreaking.

The most effective idea to come out of the conference was France’s 4/1000 Initiative*: Soils for food security and climate, an initiative that puts farming, and our food, at the forefront of the climate conversation. By using plants to capture and store atmospheric carbon, we can both make the soil more fertile and decrease the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which is believed to be the principal cause of climate change.

One thing the initiative says we can do to store more carbon in our soil is to optimize pasture management. Did you hear that?! OPTIMIZE PASTURE MANAGEMENT. That means, pasture-rotation and longer grazing for farm animals – which are two of our tenets here at Vital Farms.

You see, we’ve always said: pasture-raising is good for our girls, good for you and good for the environment. It’s why 108 is so great. 108 sq ft of green pastures per happy hen equates to 1,000 birds per 2.5 acres, which ensures that while we’re rotating the girls around on the pastures the land stays healthy and regenerates naturally. Not to mention – the natural fertilization of our soil.

Contributing to France’s 4/1000 Initiative will help ensure food security in the future, will help prevent soil degradation and will help our soil better adapt to the effects of climate change (ex. water retention during droughts).

How will you be making your contribution?


4/1000 Initiative infographic
4/1000 Initiative infographic


Learn more: *The 4/1000 Initiative: “A “4‰” annual growth rate of the soil carbon stock would make it possible to stop the present increase in atmospheric CO2.”