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Agriculture is the worst eco-enemy we have. Every time we eat, we choose a farmer practicing either regenerative agriculture or destructive agriculture. The farmer is either an eco-warrior or an eco-enemy. There are no eco-fence-sitters.
Kernza is sometimes called a “perennial wheat.” But it’s a separate species. Chestnut-colored, skinnier, and more irregular in size than wheat berries, Kernza yields a little under a third as much in the field as conventional wheat. But it has one major advantage over the grain that helped launch human civilization: a long life span.
Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) are responsible for almost one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reducing emissions from agriculture, food systems and forestry, therefore features high on the agenda of the Bonn Climate Conference.
There are microbes (tiny, invisible fungi, bacteria and single-cell organisms) are everywhere and life is utterly dependent on them. In the same way microbes are essential to the body, they’re essential to the soil. But agriculture disturbs the soil. Tilling quite literally turns well-established microbial communities upside down. And in the process, stores of carbon are released.
Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
From filmmaker Mark Kitchell comes a new film: EVOLUTION of ORGANIC. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement.
It’s now clear that the world cannot avoid climate catastrophe without addressing the staggering emissions from the largest meat and dairy conglomerates.
The first ever carbon credits generated from rice farmers were sold because these pioneers tested implementing conservation practices on their crops. They reduced methane emissions and generated a carbon credit, and also reduced energy consumption and water use.
For years, scientists have argued that human civilization must prevent the planet’s average annual temperature from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius—or face certain catastrophe. Once we pass that critical threshold, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, life on planet earth is going to be a lot less fun.
A University of Oxford think tank, the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), has come out with a report, “Grazed and Confused,” that likens 100-percent-grass-fed beef to that produced on a 10,000-cow confined animal feedlot operation (CAFO) — calling them basically the same in climate impacts. Think, for a moment, how absurd that is.