Soil is a hot topic, largely driven by emphasis from COP21 and the opportunity for sequestration of carbon. The "4 per thousand" initiative calls for an increase in the existing carbon in topsoil by 0.4%/year. Justin Adams from The Nature Conservancy argues that land management may be 20% or more of the "climate solution." (More resources and activity community on soil carbon are available in the Soil4Carbon Facebook group).
As Jerry's Brain helps remind us, soil isn't one-dimensional. It can be more than a dumpsite for waste carbon. Recasting with a regenerative perspective we see it can help sequester carbon AND as Kiss the Ground explains, clean water, provide nutritious food, fight drought, and increase biodiversity. (They didn't mention, look beautiful, smell great, encourage tourism or be fun to play in.) Let's be regenerative and get all these benefits.
Fortunately many innovators are sequestering carbon and more in their work. Check out some stories below and don't forget to join the wave.
Jon Connors is biking through California's Central Valley, exploring, meeting innovators, and thinking about investment opportunities and soil regeneration.
In a recent podcast he talks with the folks at The Tehachapi Grain Project. Fun to hear Cathy Sponsler of LA Bread Bakers talk about using the grain in tasty breads and get a rundown of what the surrounding community offers.
Jon is helping host a webinar on "Regenerative Returns" which will be a conversation about "Land Restoration As a Path to Financial Abundance" (March 10, 2016 ). More information about his activities at his website.
A representative of the French Ministry of Agriculture will join soil scientists and others to discuss the science behind soil carbon sequestration and how to drive the rapid, worldwide adoption of regenerative agriculture techniques that sequester carbon.
Our mission is to inspire and advocate for the restoration of soil worldwide.
And, in closing
(Note: We won't send The Wave next week but look for us again in March.)
We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative economy. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out about weekly with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy. With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world!
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