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:

Regeneration International

Soil Carbon Coalition

Carbon Cowboys

Rain for Climate

Land and Leadership Initiative

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.

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.

Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, California State University. "Because there is no Planet B"

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.

15 minute talk by Gail Fuller about disease and agriculture. We learn, among other things that a visit to the Soybean website will not tell us what we need to know!

Continuation of talk by Gail Fuller. Go to minute 36, where he starts talking about the REAL cost of soil loss, not to us so much as for future generations - and the related cost of disease connected to nutrient poor food.

Talk by Zach Bush, MD before the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops on the relationship between current agriculture, especially the use of glyphosate, and illness, and how that can and needs to be changed. Be sure to watch the last 20 minutes or so.

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

Case Studies of Holistic Resource Management Practitioners in the United Stated.

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

Grazing Management that regenerates ecosystem function and grazingland livelihoods.

The effect of holistic planned grazing on African Rangelands: a case study from Zimbabwe.

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:

Regenerative Agriculture: how it works on the ground.

Savory Institute responds to the 2019 Impact Report which attempts to discredit regenerative agriculture. "This is not the first, nor will it be the last, attempt to discredit Holistic Management. . . Claims that our work has been “debunked” disregard not just the millions of acres that have been regenerated globally and the tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers, and pastoralist communities who have stewarded this land transformation and witnessed it firsthand, but they also overlook the growing body of peer-reviewed evidence documenting that properly-managed livestock can be a net positive for grassland ecosystems, carbon drawdown, wildlife habitat, and rural communities."

April 2019 article titled Climate Change being fueled by soil damage - report.

Importance of carbon-rich humus

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

Regenerative Agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again.

Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues.

The Myth of Fertilizers

"80% of water Pollution (also called marine pollution) originates on land — whether along the coast or far inland... Not only is the agricultural sector the biggest consumer of global freshwater resources, with farming (primarily industrial-style row crops like soy and wheat) and livestock production (primarily Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations] using about 70 percent of the earth’s surface water supplies, but it’s also a serious water polluter. Around the world, agriculture is the leading cause of water degradation. In the United States, agricultural pollution is the top source of contamination in rivers and streams, the second-biggest source in wetlands, and the third main source in lakes. It’s also a major contributor of contamination to estuaries and groundwater. Every time it rains, fertilizers, pesticides, and animal waste from farms and livestock operations (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) wash nutrients and pathogens—such bacteria and viruses—into our waterways."

From a Desert to a Paridise Regenerative Agriculture finds a solid backing.

Regnerative agriculture in Cenral Valley, California.

Article summarizing the presentation given by 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: If you're eating vegetarian. . . Excerpt:

Figures published in 2011 suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in:
* least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein
* environmental damage, and
* a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat.
How is this possible?
To produce wheat, rice and pulses requires clear-felling native vegetation. That act alone results in the deaths of thousands of Australian animals and plants per hectare. Since Europeans arrived on this continent we have lost more than half of Australia’s unique native vegetation, mostly to increase production of monocultures of introduced species for human consumption. . . . Relying on grains and pulses brings destruction of native ecosystems, significant threats to native species and at least 25 times more deaths of sentient animals per kilogram of food. . . The challenge for the ethical eater is to choose the diet that causes the least deaths and environmental damage. There would appear to be far more ethical support for an omnivorous diet that includes rangeland-grown red meat and even more support for one that includes sustainably wild-harvested kangaroo.

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:

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 1) provide a significant, renewable portion of our energy needs, 2) be used to produce biodegradable plastics and 3) fine fabric for clothing - all 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