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.

Some groups involved in restoring carbon rich humus to our soils:

Regeneration International

Soil for climate

The Savory Institute

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.

Some key videos

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 miss the need to reform the monetary system - not just "fair trade" projects.)

57 minute video titled How Monsanto and Weather Modification are Really Related, or How we broke the water cycle.

Some relevant studies:

The Role of Ruminants in Reducing Agriculture's Carbon Footprint in North American

Impacts of Soil Carbon Sequestration on Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Midwestern USA Beef Finishing Systems

Emerging Land Use Practices Rapidly Increase Soil Organic Matter

Desert Dust Suppressing Precipitation: A Possible Feedback Loop

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:

ABC News Regenerative Agriculture has helped transform the landscape of dry properties.

Regenerative Agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again.

The Myth of Fertilizers

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:

One of the themes of this year’s symposium was sustainability. I don’t see that term in the simplistic way many do, in part because I remember being told by leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement that “animals have no place in sustainable ag!”
The truth is that the production of animal products from perennial forages is the sustainable agricultural system. Many, however, are concerned about the carbon dioxide and methane “emissions” from livestock in general, and cattle in particular. Some folks don’t seem to understand that a cow grazing grass can only emit carbon that was originally in grass, and that the carbon in grass has to have come from the atmosphere. So it’s a cycle not an “enrichment.” But there’s more to it than that!
Under the following assumptions:
Carbon-Nitrogen ratio = 17 and 3.4% N, giving 57.8 % C
3% of body weight daily dry matter (DM) intake; 1,000 lb cow = 30 lb DM per day
70% utilization - 30 lb DM eaten / 0.70 = 42.8 lb DM offered
Equal above and below ground DM distribution
90% of C consumed is “emitted”
We'd see:
42.8 lb DM above ground, 42.8 lb DM below ground – 85.6 lb DM total
57.8% C in DM – 49.5 lb C total
17.3 lb C consumed
15.6 lb C emitted
Thus, for every pound of carbon “emitted” by a cow on grass, 3.2 pounds of carbon are fixed in plant roots, uneaten plant debris, or the cow herself or her calf. Even if we say that 100% of carbon she ingested is emitted (a biological impossibility!), there’d be 2.9 pounds of carbon fixed for every pound emitted!
Grass fed Beef cattle are carbon negative!

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

Significant and real issues with Wind and Solar, in addition to unreliability and the inordinate amounts of land needed:

SOME environmental and public health issues associated with wind turbines: here and here

SOME environmental impacts of wind and solar: here . Also here and here.

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

Earthquakes Triggered by Dams

Dams and Earthquakes

Geothermal and Earthquakes

Geothermal Power Facility Induces Earthquakes, Study Finds

How Does Geothermal Drilling Trigger 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: