eating plants isn't going to save us from global warming or other environmental disasters.
Much has been made of the methane emissions of livestock, but these are lower in biodiverse pasture systems that ... may reduce emissions of methane by 70%.
In the vegan equation, by contrast, the carbon cost of ploughing is rarely considered. But since the industrial revolution up to 70% of the carbon in our cultivated soils has been lost to the atmosphere.
So, unless you’re sourcing your vegan products specifically from organic, "no-dig" systems, you are actively participating in the destruction of soil biota
While engineers are scrambling to come up with grand geo-engineering schemes, they may be overlooking a simpler, less glamorous solution: Soil
A Grist podcast explores the issue of farm loss from the farmer's perspective.
A former NASA engineer launched a new startup that would use drones to plant 1 billion trees a year.
Paper: A systems and thermodynamics perspective on technology in the circular economy. By Crelis F. Rammelt and Phillip Crisp. real-world economics review, issue no. 68 The increase of entropy on earth as a whole is reversed only because of the existence of a complex biosphere powered primarily by solar radiation, which represents the main source of... Continue reading ...
What's destroying the South American rainforest? Most people would point to agriculture, cattle operations, and a booming population. But researchers are starting to recogniz...
Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize. Pitfall 1. Green solutions tend to push us from one set of resources that are a problem today (fossil fuels) to other
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Soil erosion has helped end many great civilizations, from Mesopotamia to Rome. Now, this stealth threat may lead to a new world food crisis.
The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that's bad news for the water cycle.
Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the U.S. Southwest - and I'm not just talking about 109-degree heat.
Urban gardeners don't like to talk about contaminated soil. After all, who wants to dwell on the chemical legacy of industry, illegal dumping, paint chips, and leaded gasoline when you can discuss bees, the weather, or the cool purple beans you're growing? But city growers must tackle this elephant-in-the-room subject. That's the message Brent Kim,
Daniel Miller predicted the catastrophic mudslide in Washington state. But many people didn't realize the dangers -- or knew, but were willing to take the risk.
Farmers today don't muddy rivers as much as they used to -- but the full downstream picture is still quite dark.
George Monbiot: Every year billions are spent in Britain and Europe on policies that wreck homes and lives through flooding
Insight and advice from an expert in creative ways of making smart, sustainable farmers solvent, too.
For years, everyone from Michael Pollan to Alice Waters has been talking about the "true cost of food." The reasoning is pretty straightforward: Consumers don't pay the real cost of food because many of the harms done to the environment or public health as a result of industrial farming practices are currently not included in
And as a result, we're losing valuable topsoil 16 times faster than nature can replace it.
Last Saturday, toxic material leaked from the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory. The mine ceased operation in 2011 after more than 30 years in action, raising the question of what happens to