November 10, 2022 6:12 AM EST

One hundred billion tons. That’s how much CO2 soil could remove from the atmosphere by 2100 with less tilling and other farming techniques. But that means transforming agricultural practices globally. “[We’re establishing] an entire ecosystem for farmers to get paid for not only producing food in a way that sustains the soil … but also pulling carbon out of the air,” says Oleksiy Zhuk, co-founder and president of Perennial. The platform analyzes the chemical composition of soil (currently in the U.S. and Australia) and provides standardized—and cheaper—data to help corporations achieve net-zero targets, while putting more offset dollars into farmers’ pockets.

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