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California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon

Jose Robles spreads mulch and compost under his almond trees with help from a California climate change grant. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)


California’s farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, something the state says is crucial for meeting its ambitious climate goals. The state is paying them to grow plants, which absorb carbon and help move it into the soil where it can be stored long-term. That makes California home to some of the first official “carbon farmers” in the country.