Posts tagged soil organic matter
Soil holds potential to slow global warming, Stanford researchers find

The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil’s potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience to extreme weather.

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New Study Shows Organic Farming Traps Carbon in Soil to Combat Climate Change

When it comes to mitigating climate change, keeping excess carbon out of the atmosphere is key. One of the best ways to do that is through the carbon storage potential in soil. Organic farms were found to have 26 percent more long-term carbon storage potential than conventional farms. 

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Farmers Increase Profits Using Traditional Practices

Healthy food can only be produced in healthy soil; tragically, through years of use of synthetic, nitrogen-based fertilizers, farm land has lost a significant amount of soil microbial diversity and health. Moreover, organic carbon loss, driven in part by nitrogen fertilizers, has led to poor water infiltration, soil erosion, unhealthy plant root systems, poor yield and nutrient-poor plants. The solution lies in regenerative land management that can be practiced at home and on the farm, including little to no-till management, planting cover crops and plant rotation — all of which result in higher yield and reduced overhead costs

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To restore our soils, feed the microbes

Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer.What many think of as “just dirt” is actually an incredibly complex mixture of rock-derived minerals, plant-derived organic matter, dissolved nutrients, gases and a rich food web of interacting organisms.

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Grazing to improve soil health, producer profits

Dr. Richard Teague might be considered a cowboy of a different kind. He’s not rounding up stray cattle, but rather wrangling the best management practices on ranches to help the cattle and their owners.

Teague, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research ecologist at Vernon, grew up on a farm and knows firsthand there are some unintended consequences from traditional long-standing agricultural practices that might not readily be seen.

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Eating on the Brink: How Food Could Prevent a Climate Disaster

Recently, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change, I was 30,000 feet in the sky, the jet-fueled irony not lost on me. I was heading to Paris to talk food and climate change with 260 scientists, civil society leaders, and advocates from 40 countries at a meeting hosted by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. The overarching message was clear: If we want to address climate change, we have to talk about food.

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