Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation
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Soil as Our Salvation

Soil as Our Salvation | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

The carbon-capturing abilities of dirt will be the main subject at the International Soil Not Oil Conference in Richmond California this weekend

 Why is soil so important? Both humans and animals depend on it almost exclusively for food. The fiber that clothes and shelters us is grown in it, as well as the fuels that power our cars and heat our homes.
The Earth stores carbon, or carbon sinks as they are called, in three major places: the atmosphere, the ocean, and the soil. The first two are reaching saturation.  Most of us understand the effect increased carbon — in the form of greenhouse gases — is having in our atmosphere. And oceans around the world are experiencing unusual die-offs due to acidification from increased carbon absorbed in the waters.

The Soil Not Oil Conference will be looking at Regenerative Agriculture as a local solution to this global problem. Through permaculture techniques, such as no-till farming, composting, planned grazing, and cover crops, farmers can see higher yields with less chemical inputs while increasing their soil’s fertility and capturing more carbon in it. Carbon Farming it is called. These and other techniques can also help the ground retain water more efficiently. We can reduce the levels of carbon in the atmosphere while producing healthier foods, combat the drought, aid farmers, and reverse climate change!

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 5, 2015 12:48 PM

Storing carbon in soil through regenerative agriculture will probably not be enough by itself.  Of course we need to also shut down the fossil fuel industry as soon as possible, and recycle 100% of the resources we extract from the earth.  And we need to go further than that, to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere and oceans. Regenerative agriculture is part of the solution.  Restoring grasslands and forests is another essential part.  Restoring the oceans might be the most difficult task.

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Organic Farming Versus Conventional Agriculture - ThePoultrySite.com

Organic Farming Versus Conventional Agriculture - ThePoultrySite.com | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Organic Farming Versus Conventional Agriculture
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FRANCE - The rules for organic farming are pretty strict. When it comes to fertilizer, in Europe it's recommended that farmers use organically produced manure.

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Save Our Soils!

Save Our Soils! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

' 2015 is the International Year of Soils. That’s right, soil is so important that the United Nations has devoted a year to the stuff. Its aim is to “raise full awareness … about the profound importance of soil for human life.” Nearly all of our food is grown in soil, and the quality of that food is directly related to the health of the soil. When we stepped onto the treadmill of industrial, monoculture agriculture several generations ago, we unwittingly exchanged fertile soil and nutrient-dense food for dead soil and anemic food. It sounds depressing, doesn’t it? Well, it is. But it should be a wake-up call for us all—it’s time to step off of that treadmill and start taking care of the soil that sustains us.'


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