Decades of intensive agriculture and deforestation have degraded around half of the world’s soil, which is one of the most effective natural systems for sequestering carbon. Soil scientist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe argues in a TED talk that we need to stop treating soil like dirt.
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Regenerative ranching mimics how ruminants, or grass-eating animals, lived in the wild before industrialized ranching took hold.
The Big Lie you have been told over and over is that plant-based foods will save the environment. Don’t eat meat! But notice that Mother Earth disagrees. She needs those animals, whether humans eat them or not. The Big Lie depends on you dismissing the natural laws of grassland ecology and focusing solely on industrial livestock practices.
Belmopan: “la ciudad Jardín” fue el escenario de la Primera Conferencia Anual de Agricultura Tropical del 13 al 15 de noviembre de 2018, a la que acudieron personas dedicadas a la agroecología, agroforestería, apicultura, ganadería, aves de corral, semillas tradicionales, plantas medicinales, huertos urbanos y rurales, junto con integrantes de la comunidad científica, líderes internacionales de proyectos regenerativos e integrantes del ministerio de agricultura y recursos naturales de Belice.
Increasing soil fertility often relies on removing carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground improving the health of the soil. While there is a limit as to how much carbon can be stored in soils, there is a pressing need to protect and strengthen soils on a national and global scale, to strengthen agriculture and to address climate change.
A handful of living soil resembles a sponge, full of air, water, organic matter and minerals. It is the interaction of all of these biological processes on which our future depends, because the more alive our soils, the more carbon dioxide is drawn out of the atmosphere and sequestered.
Aunque el Nuevo Acuerdo Verde hace hincapié en el combate al cambio climático, también propone una transformación del sistema económico “para lograr mayor justicia social, económica y racial en Estados Unidos”.
El plan parte de las recientes advertencias de los científicos sobre el impacto que tendrá sobre la Tierra el aumento de la temperatura en dos grados centígrados este siglo, por encima de niveles preindustriales.
Surveys suggest that many US farmers are already taking steps to build soil health and store carbon in their soils. Science has shown that practices such as no-till farming (in which soil isn’t disturbed by plowing), cover crops, extended crop rotations, perennial crops, and integrating crops and livestock deliver myriad benefits. These can include preventing erosion, suppressing weeds, reducing the need for pesticides and added fertilizers, increasing wildlife habitat and beneficial insects, and creating “spongier” soils that drain and hold water better, increasing resilience to both floods and droughts.
The UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration, similarly, cannot be left to the UN or empty government rhetoric if we want the decade to have the potentially transformative impact that it urgently needs to have!
We are all called to join together and to overcome the silos between disciplines, sectors and ideologies in an unprecedented collaborative effort to restore ecosystems everywhere and to heal the Earth. In that very process we will fall in love again with each other — as a human family — and rediscover a felt sense and embodyment of our interbing with the wider community of life.
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment.
Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake.
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