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Connor Stedman: Carbon Farming

Sequestering atmospheric carbon through natural means
Monday, October 9, 2017, 5:10 PM

Climate change remains a hotly debated topic. But a scientific fact not up for dispute is the pronounced spike in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere over the past two centuries.

There's a building urgency to find solutions that can manage/reverse that spike -- a process known as carbon sequestration. But how to do that on a planetary scale? It's a massive predicament. And most of the 'solutions' being proposed are technologically unproven, prohibitively costly and/or completely impractical.

Enter carbon farming. It uses nature-based farming practices to park gigatons of carbon in the soil, rebuild soil health and complexity, and revitalize the nutrient density of the foods that we eat. » Read more

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How Soil Health Impacts All Wealth

A focus on the importance of healthy soils
Monday, November 23, 2015, 10:13 PM

In today’s complex economy how do we progress financially from where we are today and the life of abundance we seek? This is the first question a financial advisor will ask us. It is seldom an easy question to answer because the quality of our life isn’t measured purely in financial terms. There are multiple factors including our work, our family and, fundamentally, our values. How does our quest for financial wealth balance with the people and planet upon whom we depend? Surprisingly, it all begins with soil.

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Making Better Compost

25 things to start adding to your compost pile
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1:50 AM

A great list of items to begin adding to your compost pile to make better soil and reduce your waste stream.

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/25-things-you-should-start-adding-your-compost-pile.html

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In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

A requiem for planet Earth
Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:09 AM

As we've been discussing of late here at PeakProsperity.com, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: The Cost of Comfort

Is perhaps too high a price to pay
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9:04 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Cost Of Comfort
    • We are ruining ourselves in the name of convenience
  • Prospering By Borrowing
    • Nearly all of our industries are unsustainable
  • Our 'Monocrop' Economy
    • It's single-track focus ignores the complexity of reality
  • Creating A New, Better Narrative
    • Join Chris, Becca & Charles Eisenstein
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It’s Time to Stop Treating Our Soil Like Dirt

We're destroying an invaluable resource
Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:34 AM

In the recent podcast with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, the owners of Singing Frogs farm, they told a tale of success that begins and in many ways ends with their soil.

It's a model we need to pay close attention, to as I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of farming across the world right now is based on the practice of plowing up fields and is therefore based on the practice of slowly but surely ruining the very bottom of the food pyramid. » Read more

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Doug Parker: The Status Of The Drought In The U.S. West

There's reason for hope, but no end yet in sight
Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:25 PM

2014 saw the extension of a historic drought across the US West. Croplands withered or were fully abandoned. Water rationing was enforced. Well tables dropped. The price of many vegetables and meats have skyrocketed.

So is an end to the drought in sight? » Read more

What Should I Do?

Phil Williams

Why Bother Composting?

The benefits of building great soil.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 8:01 PM

Composting can seem pretty complicated. Depending on who you talk to, or what you read, you will find tons of different advice on how to get just the right “brew”. You’ll hear about having the perfect ratio of greens and browns, and putting them together in thin shredded layers. Then you hear about occasionally turning the pile to let the right amount of oxygen in, but not too often, as you are losing nitrogen. Then you have to have the right cooking temperature. You have to have it hot, but not too hot. Hot enough to cook, but not so hot that you burn up your nutrients. » Read more

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Vital Farmland

A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland

Creating value by improving the land
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:13 PM

Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

Today's big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (REIT). » Read more

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Humans Making Bad Choices Is Why I Garden

Behold, the era of Peak Soil
Monday, July 21, 2014, 8:35 PM

As long as you're curious and read somewhat widely, if you're one of those readers who digs a bit further now and then, it's pretty much impossible to avoid the conclusion that humans are living unsustainably.

We're using up energy sources that took approximately 350 million years to accrete in a single 350-year-long orgy of consumption. » Read more