Climate Risk, Loss and Damage in North Carolina

Climate models tell us that the number and severity of climate-related extreme weather events like Hurricane Matthew will increase. As a result, corporations are entering into a new era of climate risk that requires a re-evaluation of business models, production methods and supply chains.

13 U.S. Companies Failing on Deforestation-Free Beef

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released a report, “Cattle, Cleared Forests, and Climate Change: Scoring America’s Top Brands on Their Deforestation-Free Beef Commitments and Practices.” The publication highlights how beef production is the primary contributor to tropical deforestation worldwide, predominantly occurring in South America.

An Overlooked Water Resource

Carbon rich soil acts like a giant sponge that absorbs water during floods and provides it to plants in times of drought. An increase in organic matter (carbon) in the top six inches of soil increases its water holding capacity by approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre.

Food Tank: Polyfaces

Regrarians recently released a documentary about Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, titled “Polyfaces.” The film showcases the unique and sustainable farming style pioneered by the Salatin family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It examines how these holistic practices regenerate landscapes, communities, local economies, human health, and soil.