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Refactoring Farming: Combating Soil Degradation from Meat to Mushroom

In order to meet future federal carbon sequestration, land productivity demands, and the slowing demand for meat, this project converts factory meat processing plants and extended cattle feed croplands across the United States into community hubs with mycelium production and agroforestry foraging. The project takes a Tyson meatpacking plant in Walla Walla County as a case study to drastically reduce carbon emissions (measured through the soil’s biodiversity and carbon stock), reconnect wildlife networks, and provide economically viable and humane work. This can be achieved through proper governmental regulation of soil nutrients and seasonal land productivity on corporate-owned land. Federal funding will be provided to set up a new training and management system of community farming and forestry in 200-acre parcels and tax credits will be leveraged for landowners who provide a minimum of a 200m wide undisturbed wildlife corridor. This pilot project, at 15,619 hectares, will sequester 1,764,975 tons of carbon and, if carried throughout the U.S. across 166 million hectares of land, this would result in 1.156 billion tons of carbon sequestered.