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Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management

March 11, 2019

                                        Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management (BEAM)                                Summary: Views of a regenerative grazier and climate hawk  on  Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management,  a system to boost soil organic carbon and  improve soil health without chemical inputs. BEAM  uses  a unique low-tech composting method [...]

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Potential of Different Practices for Carbon Sequestration in Soils

February 25, 2019

                           Potential of  Different Practices for Carbon Sequestration in Soil               This essay starts with  the current loci of carbon sequestration, geological hydrological and biological.  I’ll  then review  some “natural solutions”  for near-term biological C-sequestration, which are mostly through photosynthesis in living organisms.  I will look at  the potential for various of these to contribute [...]

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Soil Your Undies

November 5, 2018

Introduction Soil your undies or soil my undies  is an international gimmick to show that soil is alive and  demonstrate  its vigor.  A pair of  brand-new 100% cotton underpants is left underground to the mercies of soil biota,  then retrieved after exactly two months for public display  Here’s one of many how-to descriptions.      Procedures vary.  [...]

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Carbon Sequestration and Storage in Soil

December 30, 2017

Carbon  Sequestration and Storage  in Soil                                                                           image courtesy of www.fibershed.com   The  sixth  essay in a series on how American agriculture can  thrive in  a strenuous good-faith effort to halt global warming.  The  first five,   earliest first, are these: 1.   What-is-a-carbon-footprint  2.    Comparing-carbon-footprints-of-world-and-american-agriculture   3.    Fossil-fuels-in-the-carbon-footprint-of-american-agriculture   4.  Carbon-tax-and-american-agriculture   5.  Carbon foodprints [...]

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Carbon Foodprints in American Agriculture

December 17, 2017

                                                                        photo “Corn Harvest”  from pixabay,com This is the fifth essay in a series on how American agriculture can  thrive in  a strenuous good-faith effort to halt global warming.  The  first four,   earliest first: 1.   What-is-a-carbon-footprint  2.    Comparing-carbon-footprints-of-world-and-american-agriculture   3.    Fossil-fuels-in-the-carbon-footprint-of-american-ag   4.  Carbon-tax-and-american-agriculture   Abstract   I [...]

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Carbon tax and American Agriculture

December 14, 2017

The Keeling Curve:   Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa Observatory,  annual peak and  trough by year 1960 to now  Source Scripps Institute This is the fourth of a series of essays about American agriculture and climate change.  The first three, in order of appearance are these:   1.   what-is-a-carbon-footprint 2.    comparing-carbon-footprints-of-world-and-american-agriculture 3.   Fossil [...]

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Fossil Fuels in the Carbon Footprint of American Ag

December 6, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo from Free Farm Images The  third  essay in a series on how American agriculture can  thrive in  a strenuous good-faith effort to halt global warming.  The  six,   earliest first, are these: 1.   What-is-a-carbon-footprint  2.    Comparing-carbon-footprints-of-world-and-american-agriculture   3.    Fossil-fuels-in-the-carbon-footprint-of-american-agriculture   4.  Carbon-tax-and-american-agriculture   5.  Carbon foodprints in American Agriculture 6. Carbon sequestration and [...]

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Comparing carbon footprints of world and American agriculture

December 2, 2017

              June grazing: photo by Stephen Shafer    Abstract In the  world, and in the USA, crop and livestock agriculture  accounts for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions.  In both spheres, fossil fuel combustion (FFC)    is usually tagged with only  9-12% of agricultural GHG releases.  Ag-related sources not [...]

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What is a Carbon Footprint

December 2, 2017

  Part 1.  What is a “carbon footprint”  and how do we use it?   First in the series,  directly below    Part 2.  Comparing the carbon footprints  of world and American agriculture.       Part 3.  Fossil Fuels  in the Carbon Footprint of American Agriculture  Part 4.   Carbon Tax  Part 5.  Carbon foodprints in American agriculture [...]

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