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Soil4Climate: New Organization Fights Global Warming From The Ground Up

A Declaration of Independents

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for some of the people some of the time and all of the people all of the time to reaffirm the political bands which have connected them with one another.

Real Billions and Real Trillions

While I was searching for images of life in the soil, I came upon the following on Sweet Bay Farm’s website (see above). They’re working to restore soils depleted by decades of monoculture—the continual cultivation of a single crop, in this case tobacco—so this picture of several earthworm tunnels in a clod does not yet suggest anything teeming.

A Conversation With Jeff Moyer

Jeff, before we begin, I want to thank you for the images of the jars of water, one with soil rich in organic matter and one with the dissolved murkiness of soil that is deficient in carbon. Ever since you showed those images during a public talk a decade or so ago, the comparison has stuck with me.

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  1. AvatarKrofter says

    Good stuff Eric.
    A few thoughts… Not all lands currently being grazed by domestic livestock are actually suitable for grazing. That’s especially true in the Western US where many of the native bunch grasses did not evolve with large bovines as the rhizomatous prairie grasses in the Midwest did with buffalo. Out here in the West where much of the land is in the hands of the public (National Forest, BLM and state land trusts), populations of native game still exist in sizable numbers. If the sacred cows were removed from these lands, native game populations would explode and produce much more meat per acre than cattle ever will – with less input. Few people realize that the Western US only produces about 3% of the beef Americans eat. Most of the cattle out here are cow/calf operations with the yearlings going to industrial CAFO’s to be fattened up for markets elsewhere. My farm is surrounded by cattle on public lands but it’s not available locally – unless it has made the round trip from a CAFO in the Midwest back to Safeway here in Arizona.
    Plus, native game is already adapted to foraging on the native bunch grasses here and those grasses are already adapted to being foraged by native game. As the fourth photo shows, putting cattle on these native bunch grasses is like throwing a monkey wrench into a finely tuned piece of equipment.

    With a revived native game population, economically pressed folk living in rural food deserts could hunt for much of their own protein. If the PRIME Act is passed (HR 3187) rural folk would be able to process game meat for local markets.

    Another additional benefit is that game animals have a much better nutritional profile than domestic livestock.

    A proposal for sequestering massive amounts of CO2 into the soil by turning the Western Commons back into a cornucopia of native game and other wildcrafted food can be read here – http://erdakroft.com/Erdakroftfarm/Blogs/Entries/2015/7/26_go_native.html

    • AvatarEric Becker says

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful response! As you know, I’m relatively new to this arena and have so much to learn from folks on the ground like you. I will check out your link.

      Best,
      Eric

  2. AvatarKaren Pittenger says

    Thank you so very much! This is very exciting. All over the world, wonderful people are growing forests in former destroyed lands with the main inputs of time and intention. See http://www.agendagotsch.com for one example of how what one man began on hundreds of acres in the ’80s can be implemented anywhere. With governments looking for the solution, this is it, and it can be done very quickly and joyfully. Question: Do you think that governments should implement programs to employ citizens to do this funded by tax dollars the same as the military, or something else? I’m not very educated about the pros and cons of policy.

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