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Tree Co-Benefits

Agroforests

We can reverse the damage we’ve done—and we can do it while we grow food. Trees in agroforestry systems store vast amounts of carbon, comparable amounts to those of afforestation and forest restoration, while enabling farmers to leave the bulk of their land in agricultural production, promoting food security. Farmers gain income and resilience from multiple crops growing on unique timelines.

Project Drawdown ranks agroforestry practices such as “Tree Intercropping” and “Multistrata Agroforestry” as the 17th and 28th best ways to sequester greenhouse gas emissions.

“The widespread adoption of agroforestry practices in the United States could sequester 530 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year, thereby transforming agriculture into a carbon sink.” — EarthJustice.org 

 

One Breadfruit Tree

What sort of co-benefits can a tree provide on an annual basis? Sources say that 1 breadfruit tree equals to approximately:
$900 food  (450lbs of starch - food for a family of 4)
$750 water recycled
$625 soil erosion prevented
$1300 pollution controlled
(to name a few)