Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job?

This readable and visually appealing paper comes to the Raucous Rooster via Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm.

Published in August of 2015, writer, organic farmer and Policy Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Jack Kittredge writes for a general audience about the extraordinary potential of soil restoration to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve sustainability.

Writes IFOAM-Organics International:

Where can we put carbon once it is removed from the air?

Jack Kittredge, policy director at Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter has just released a paper titled ‘Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology do the Job?’ in response to numerous discussions on how to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and the weather extremes they have created. He notes that most analysts are of the opinion that we need to stop using fossil fuels and find ways to remove carbon that is already in the air.

But where can we put carbon once removed from the air?

The solution is under our feet! It needs to go back where it belongs, in the soil. This great paper aims to get people on board for this inexpensive and practical way to save the planet by detailing:

  • The problem of carbon dioxide buildup and climate change.
  • How carbon can be taken out of the atmosphere and restored to the soil.
  • The advantages that can come to farmers and consumers from growing in carbon-rich soils.

Farmers, gardeners, homeowners, landscapers can follow the principles laid out in the paper and not only restore carbon to the soil but help rebuild the great system that mother nature put in place to renew our atmosphere while providing food, beauty and health for us all.

Read the full paper in pdf form. Also available in Spanish.


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