In 2014, Matter of Trust partnered with Marin Carbon Project (John Wick), The Carbon Cycle Institute (Dr. Jeffrey Creque), UC Berkeley Dr. Whendee Silver’s Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories (Dr. Gary Anderson), and many other organizations and waste diversion experts to establish the Global Compost Project.  Visit for resources, partners, pledges and more.

Our Goal is an awareness campaign and large scale green / brown waste recycling mobilization that creates enough compost to cover millions of acres of government-owned grazed rangelands in the US and beyond.  This program diverts organics from the waste stream and promotes composting of soil everywhere it makes sense, in order to help boost photosynthesis so nature can pull more carbon back into the Earth.

Nature is always in balance, but humans only thrive in certain environmental conditions and “right now, for much of life on the planet, there is too much carbon in the air and too little carbon in the soil”  -John Wick.  Human activity, such as mono-cropping, tilling, mining, drilling, fracking, logging, slashing and burning, under grazing, overgrazing, factory farming, and the use of polluting pesticides have depleted our soils.  These practices can cause eco-systems to crash and some landscapes to off-gas CO2.

Compost is an easy, natural human invention that boosts photosynthesis while cleaning up the mess we created.

Fertilizer feeds plants nitrogen.  Compost feeds soils carbon.

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marin Carbon Project, by spreading roughly 1/4 inch (1 cm) of compost on grazed rangelands, the microbes in the soil are activated to naturally sequester more carbon.  Via photosynthesis, composted plants and trees intake carbon at greater rates, averaging 1 ton per acre per year for up to 30 years.  These peer reviewed studies took place over a 7-year period, and clearly demonstrated proof of concept.

The results are delighting water conservationists, microbiologists, and climate change scientists around the world.  Compost replenishes the soil carbon  to balanced levels.  It is as if the eco-systems are rebooted, and within 1-5 years native grasses and wildlife rebound.  The carbon intake,  forage capacity, and water retention return to more normal rhythms.

Rangelands are key because grasses can withstand decades of drought and have roots that grow vertically straight down (as much as 30 feet) pulling carbon deep into the earth.  Trees are also very important in the carbon cycle.  Trees are more likely to grow near water sources and have roots that fan out horizontally.

Grazing lands are the most efficient when animals eat only the green tips and don’t pull up the vital roots.  The grasses then regrow and continue to pull in more carbon.  The key is neither to under-graze nor over-graze rangelands, but to work naturally with the optimal strategy for each ecosystem.  Carbon sequestering techniques include multi-strata farming, managed grazing and many more.

Aerated compost rows with active, natural bacteria reach steaming temperatures of 131 degrees Fahrenheit  (degrees 55 Celsius) that continue for three-week spans.  This thermophilic composting of green and brown waste can breakdown toxins and synthetic compounds (medicinal, chemical and hormonal) due to the sustained high temperatures.

Date: 2014-12-20

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