The Soul of Soil: Reversing Climate Change

May 21, 2019

The Soul of Soil: Reversing Climate Change Through Regenerative Agriculture

with Tom Newmark, Wen-Jay Ying, & Zach Wolf
moderated by Téana David

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We need to change the way we farm. Regenerative agriculture converts farms from carbon sources to carbon sinks, reducing greenhouse gas concentrations by drawing down carbon back into the earth where it enriches soils and entire eco-systems.

We will begin with a 25-minute presentation by Tom Newmark before moving into a lively panel discussion with plenty of time for audience Q+A.

Tom Newmark
co-founder of The Carbon Underground, an organization working to advance regenerative agriculture through collaborations with businesses and governments. he has served as chair of The Greenpeace Fund USA and The American Botanical Council. his farm, Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica, hosts a regenerative ecolodge and trading company.

Wen-Jay Ying
founder of Local Roots NYC, a small business that has revolutionized the way New Yorkers shop for food, she believes the way we eat can change the world. awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by former Mayor Bloomberg, and New Yorker of the Week by NY1, her social impact journey can be seen in Viceland's show Hustle.

Zach Wolf
director of farm operations at Caney Fork Farms (CFF) in Carthage, Tennessee. over the past decade he has engaged as a farm consultant on thousands of acres of active farmland throughout the United States. he sits on the board of Demeter USA, a certifier of Biodynamic farms and products.

Téana David
director of programming at Deepak HomeBase, she has been a passionate earth activist throughout her career. she is the founder of Six Petals Retreats, an experience combining plant wisdom, movement & meditation and studied under Susun Weed in the Wise Woman tradition of herbal medicine.

ABOUT
We need to change the way we farm. While estimates vary, as much as 20-40% of historic “human-source” CO2 emissions came from agricultural mistakes such as excessive tillage. One leading NGO recently estimated that between 47-53% of current “human source” greenhouse gases are attributable to current food production and distribution systems. FAO scientists have estimated that topsoil is suffering such rapid destruction that the world has only about 60 harvests of food left before global production collapses. Farmers and ranchers around the world are struggling to coax yields out of nutritionally depleted soils, and there is a horrifying increase in the incidence of farmer suicides. Modern foods often have only a fraction of the nutritional value they once delivered, and biodiversity loss associated with industrial agriculture is causing what some are calling the Sixth Mass Extinction. Regenerative agriculture, conversely, can rapidly rebuild topsoil, improve soil fertility, increase farmer and rancher yields, create greater farm profitability, and help rebuild the soil’s capacity to store water for use during climate extremes. Most of all, regenerative agriculture converts farms from carbon sources to carbon sinks, reducing greenhouse gas concentrations by drawing down carbon back into the earth. If enough farmers convert to regenerative agriculture, we may even begin to experience “negative emissions” and possibly reverse climate change. At the very least, we can perhaps buy time to enable world economies to transition to clean energy. Recarbonize the soil - decarbonize the economy = climate hope. Written by Tom Newmark.

 

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