In June 2009, when farmers were at last considered in the USA climate bill, attention was belatedly directed at agriculture's potential for a major contribution to carbon emission reductions. The official line (Department of Climate Change, 2009) ignores the environmental effect of traditional farming methods in terms of desertification, soil degradation, water management and warming. Alternative uses of fossil fuels as agricultural inputs could help mitigate the impact on rural exports. Here is a blueprint to save and restore Australia's water and land resources, with a new approach to reducing carbon emissions.
Keywords: carbon trading, conservation, water management, agriculture, soil restoration, Australia, climate change, carbon emissions, emission reductions, CO2 emissions, global warming, soil degradation, fossil fuels, desertification, farming methods, environmental protection, environmental impact