Get Carbon Back in Soil
Fundamentally agriculture is not just about crop production. It is production of food and fiber from the world's land and water, and as such represents fully 70% of all new raw materials wealth production each year in the United States. Without agriculture we would not have computers, cell phones, churches, universities, or any of the trappings of civilization. Agriculture has made all that possible, but the manner in which we approach agriculture makes it the most destructive industry we have - more destructive than any extractive mining project - or anything else. Various forms of "regenerative agriculture" and particularly holistic grazing management is the ONLY solution to righting the health, environmental, and climate crises we all must face.
Our Monetary System and agriculture:
Constitutional reform of our monetary system should be of crucial importance for all of us but it is absolutely central to affecting real changes in the way we do agriculture. The farm parity (par exchange) concept plays a key role. OUT with the old paradigm where we pay the doctor to (hopefully) make us better. IN with the new paradigm where we pay the farmer to keep us - and our planet - healthy!
Some groups involved in restoring carbon rich, climate cooling humus to our soils:
MOSES Organic New midwestern group seeking "to serve as the foundation for transitioning five core sectors of the food and agriculture system from the current industrial model to a regenerative model."
Regeneration Northeast Affiliate of Regeneration Midwest above with the goal to regenerate a bountiful food system without expensive toxic inputs, GMO seeds, or disruptive land management. We understand that we must protect and nourish the soils and the extraordinary creatures that live underfoot. Their mantra: The most critical task for humans is to regenerate abundant lands and waters. Everywhere.
Biodiversity for a Livable Planet. The main objective is one of "Restoring ecosystems to reverse global warming]]. An organization with global impact, promoting biodiversity, eco-restoration, regenerative agriculture, self-sufficient communities, justice and paths to a livable climate.
And at least one activist group led by Magenta Ceiba called Bloom Network dedicated to creating a regenerative social network.
What the future of agriculture needs to look like.
Some key videos
8 minute must watch mini-documetary titled appropriately "A Regenerative Secret" that breaks the thinking that cows are the problem.
7 Minute video describing how to reverse desertification (and climate change).
The Good Carbon Story Scientist explains in clear, simple language in just 20 minutes how and why we must get carbon back in the soil.
17 minute video explaining why small farmers can save the world - and the climate - by getting carbon back in soil, using fifth grade science and the hard-won wisdom of small farmers. (Unfortunately they, like most others, miss the need to reform the monetary system - not just "fair trade" projects.)
12 minute documentary titled Soil Is a Living Organism, shows why standard use of nitrogen fertilizer means MORE CO2 entering the atmosphere, yet CO2 as soil carbon is ESSENTIAL to soil and plant health.
Six minute video on soil subsidence (sinking) due to draw down of ground water via industrial agriculture.
2 hour and fifteen minute workshop/documentary by soil microbiologist and climate scientist Walter Jehne titled Restoring Water Cycles to Naturally Cool Climates and Reverse Global Warming which begins with the fact that NINETY-FIVE PERCENT of the global heat dynamics of our planet is governed by water, not CO2 which is about four percent. The capacity of the soil to hold water is fundamental in regulating the heat dynamics of this planet. This three minute video on "weird water" provides (more or less) background material for Dr. Jehne's lecture.
57 minute video titled How Monsanto and Weather Modification are Really Related, or How we broke the water cycle.
Some relevant studies:
A Large Increase of methane emissions over the last decade are coming from fracking not livestock.
Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems. A multi-authored volume containing peer-reviewed chapters from the world’s leading researchers and professionals in this topic. It is a compendium of original research articles, case studies, and regional overviews and summarizes the current state of knowledge on carbon sequestration potential of agroforestry systems.
Articles and news features:
April 2019 article titled Climate Change being fueled by soil damage - report.
ABC News Regenerative Agriculture has helped transform the landscape of dry properties.
Regenerative Agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again.
From a Desert to a Paridise Regenerative Agriculture finds a solid backing.
article summarizing the presentation given by the author, Peter Ballersteadt, Ph.D., at the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium held at the Harvard Law School August 9-11. Excerpt:
Article: If you're eating vegetarian. . . Excerpt:
Article with links: Giving Up Meat Won't Save the Planet - or You N.B. Author needs to learn about regenerative agriculture, within which properly managed livestock play an essential role. Hopefully some of her commenters are pointing her in the right direction.
Another article offered as "food for thought": Thinking of Going Vegan for the New Year - Think Again
Issues with Electric Cars:
This article discusses a German Study that shows that electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones.
While admittedly a function of the money system another problem with electric cars (as with ALL energy systems) has to do with mining and disposal of materials. In the case of electric cars, mining for cobalt used in batteries is a huge issue that should concern everyone - if they just knew about it. This article explains more about how children as young as 4 are being used to mine cobalt, which is the key ingredient needed for the batteries that power electric cars.
Significant and real issues with Wind and Solar, in addition to unreliability and the inordinate amounts of land needed:
Organizations against windfarms here. Poland recently banned wind farms in the face of strong opposition to windfarms by rural voters, all to be gone by 2035. Ontario, Canada still working on ban. Oklahoma to pause wind farm work to avoid potential law suit.
Wind farms (like solar "farms") can affect local weather patterns. This article about wind farms. This study about large solar plants. Stats show that wind and solar are not "more reliable" than coal & gas.
Hydropower and Earthquakes
Geothermal and Earthquakes
Renewables Can't Save the Planet
17 minute Tedx talk with a plethora of facts on why so-called renewables can't save the planet covering mush of the same material as appeared in Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy.
But Instead of Nuclear as the above TEDx Talk Suggests --
What about "New" Energy?
Here is one company discussed in Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy, now known as Vortex Hydro Energy and traded on the stock exchange. Here is an article covering Blacklight, now Brilliant Power, also discussed in Climate Change. Also discussed in Climate Change is how non-industrial hemp, processed in specific ways, could provide a significant, renewable portion of our energy needs, while improving soil via its exceptionally deep roots system.
Here is a Reuter's clip of a Japanese water powered car, rolled out by Genepax over ten years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxfMz2eDME