Resources: Carbon and Our Soil

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Take a look at some of the billions of organisms that keep our soil healthy

                     Long overlooked as just dirt beneath our feet, soil has taken on increasing importance as we recognize its fundamental role in everything from agriculture to climate change to human health. So, too, with the organisms that call it home. Soil...

Improving soil quality can slow global warming

Worker in corn field. Widespread use of proven agricultural land management practices can help slow global warming. Credit: Heather Dang photo, UC Berkeley   Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts...

How Beef Farmers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

The beef industry is currently responsible for 6 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, making it as large a polluter as the construction sector. Eating less meat is one way to cut beef emissions. However, scientists have also started to look at ways that...

Missouri Farms Hold Big Potential as Carbon Storehouse

Agriculture is vital to the state of Missouri. In 2016, Missouri agriculture, forestry and related industries put nearly 400,000 people to work and contributed more than $88 billion to the economy. But this critical sector is under threat, in part due to the increase...

Carbon Farming Works. Can It Scale up in Time to Make a Difference?

  Lani Estill is serious about wool. And not just in a knitting-people-sweaters kind of way. Estill and her husband John own thousands of sweeping acres in the northwest corner of California, where they graze cattle and Rambouillet sheep, a cousin of the Merino...

The farm that grows climate solutions

High in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, a small cooperative is “farming carbon” — practicing agriculture in a way that fights climate change while simultaneously meeting human needs. Although these practices are used by millions of people around the world in some...

California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories

  In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month. Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program, they’re designed to reverse climate change by sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. These...

Healthy Soil: Good for the Farmer, Good for the Planet

Many people believe that if you just focus on soil health, everything else will follow. This principal is prominently featured in a recent New York Times Magazine article, “Can Dirt Save the Earth?,” which examines the practicality of regenerative agriculture.Moises...

Wrangler puts its corporate weight behind soil health

  In his excellent book Growing a Revolution, David R. Montgomery suggests that for far too long we've been arguing over organic versus conventional agriculture. Instead, he says, we really should have been focused on soil health. You see, there are big organic...

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