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Why all agriculture carbon credits aren’t the same

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Agricultural carbon credit programs are cropping up left and right, but the standards they adhere to are all over the map, according to a major new report on the state of the market.

The paper, set to be released later Monday from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Woodwell Climate Research Center, reviewed a dozen published protocols, which are nongovernmental standards that stipulate how to generate and measure a carbon credit that can be verified and sold to an interested buyer.

Treasure or trash: Today, there is considerable variation in how these protocols define carbon credits, and there’s an intense debate among scientists and others about which are rigorous and which are, frankly, not trustworthy.

“It’s a very contentious space right now,” Emily Oldfield, lead author of the report and an........

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