Chevrolet is officially the first corporation to contribute to an initiative that pays farmers to stick with natural prairie production, as of Monday. The type of crop production the program discourages releases greenhouse gases that warm the planet.
Grasslands are filled with carbon dioxide, which is let out into the Earth’s atmosphere in enormous quantities when farmers till copious amounts of land.
The program allows private companies to buy carbon credits, and in return private landowners are awarded financially for agreeing not to till grasslands. Chevrolet has reportedly bought 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits from ranchers in North Dakota.
According to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Chevrolet carbon credits will make a huge difference to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. “The amount of carbon dioxide removed from our atmosphere by Chevrolet’s purchase of carbon credits equals the amount that would be reduced by taking 5,000 cars off the road.”
Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we applaud Chevrolet’s decision to buy carbon credits from farmers, benefitting both the farmers and the environment.