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Andrea Germanos – New Study ‘Sounds Alarm’ on Another Climate Feedback Loop

The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loop driving climate change, and a recent study published in the journal Nature puts the spotlight on what appears to be another of these feedback loops. It has to do with soil, currently one of Earth’s carbon sinks. But warming may lead to …

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Students Learn Organic Farming, Sell Thousands of Pounds of Produce After Internship

As part of the growing need to find sustainable ways to provide organic, quality food for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors, more young people have become interested in organic farming. Now new programs are teaching children the importance of self-sustainable farming, and how to farm using age-old techniques. A primary modern issue with farming, in many cases, has been …

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TERRA DAILY – Humus depletion induced by climate change

The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil – the crucial source for humus formation – is decreasing. Scientists from the Technical University Munich (TUM) suspect that the humus stocks of arable soils are declining due to the influence of climate change. Humus, …

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Soil security and the threat to soil productivity

A group of leading soil scientists, including the University of Delaware’s Donald L. Sparks, has summarized the precarious state of the world’s soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security in a paper published Thursday, May 7, in the journal Science. In a review of recent scientific literature, the article, titled “Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century,” …

Andrea Germanos – 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’s Cool Foods Campaign 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 …

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Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring – Peter D’AuriaMiles Schneiderman

The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project. Hugelkültür Hugelkültür (mound or hill culture) …

Ploughing On Regardless

Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re knackered if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that …

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IT’S ANYTHING BUT DIRT

The soil is a vast living organism, stretching across continents with an interconnected ‘mind’ – a consciousness that spans countless numbers of tiny living beings. All those living things have an energy field. A healthy soil has the combined energy field of thousands of different organisms. We are part of that energy field – when we disrupt it we disrupt …

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ALUMINUM CAN STUNT PLANT ROOTS IN JUST MINUTES

Scientists have discovered how aluminum, a toxic result of soil acidification, acts to reduce plant growth. The increasing human population and continuing degradation of farm soils has made food security a critical issue, says researcher Peter Kopittke of the University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. One-third of the world’s food-producing land has been lost in the past 40 …

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11% of organic farms near drilling in US, potentially 31% in future

Currently, 11% (2,140 of 19,515 total) of all U.S. organic farms share a watershed with active O&G drilling. Additionally, this percentage could rise up to 31% if unconventional O&G drilling continues to grow. Organic farms represent something pure for citizens around the world. They produce food that gives people more certainty about consuming chemical-free nutrients in a culture that is …