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Is a Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet?

A new study highlights how healthy soils absorb greater amounts of CO2. Natural farming and more wildflower meadows may help to significantly reduce greenhouse gases.

The Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet

What if there were a risk-free way of helping to mitigate climate change while simultaneously addressing food and water security? A new report from the Center for Food Safety says that such an opportunity is possible, and it’s right below our feet. Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems outlines how it is possible to take atmospheric CO2, which is fueling climate change, and plug it into the soil. Far from moving the problem from one place to another, this shift can reduce ocean acidification because the oceans are no longer the sink for vast amounts of CO2, and can regenerate degraded soils by providing needed carbon. […] ~ Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

9 Comments

  • Thanks an great plan. I have been involved in a group trying to establish a new meadow, I never new this amazing!

  • Yes I saw something along these lines in the UK on a farming programme.. Farmers are now in some areas allowing land to be returned to meadow land.. Thus helping our insects and wildlife to start to flourish again too ..

    We are busy in our allotments digging and preparing soil for the new plants which will get planted once we can be sure of no frosts..

    Have a lovely week and Keep up your good work.. Hugs Sue <3

    • Thanks, Sue – improving the health of soils is a simple method to help combat greenhouse gases – but it involves a lot of labor (and love) on the part of farmers and gardeners. Enjoy your digging!

      • At the moment I am having to do more of that, as Hubby has injured his back.. But all good exercise :-) Take care.. xxx Big hugs and thank you for all the posts which you bring awareness to others… especially such as these.. Mother Earth always needs a helping hand.. :-) xxx

  • Going to start planting my vegetable garden tomorrow. Glad to know that not only will we be getting fresh vegetables, we will be helping the environment.
    Leslie

  • Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:

    One thing I really like about this paper is the specific suggestions it offers for building CO2 levels in soil. In building my own “food forest,” I have found continuous use of cover crops (as promoted by the late permaculture guru Manasobu Fukuoka) particularly helpful in improving soil quality and plant growth. Monocrops, disturbing the soil by plowing or cultivating or leaving bare soil exposed to the elements kills important soil bacteria that are essential to plant health. I promise to post a documentary about Fukuoka’s work tomorrow.

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