(COMMON DREAMS) Deirdre Fulton, December 25, 2015 — A critical tool in the fight against global warming is right below our feet.
So where is this “shovel-ready solution” amid all the talk of climate fixes in the wake of the COP21 summit in Paris?
“Instead of subsidizing a food and farming system that contributes to global warming while degenerating soils and local economies, we should start rewarding farmers and ranchers for restoring the soil’s organic matter and drawing down carbon.”—Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association
An Associated Press article published Thursday, for example, professes to outline “methods to achieve negative emissions,” wherein humans remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than they put in it. The AP quotes scientists who say “it’s clear” that the goals laid out in Paris “cannot be reached without negative emissions in the future, because the atmosphere is filling up with greenhouse gases so fast that it may already be too late to keep the temperature rise below 1.5 degrees C.”
Among the solutions mentioned in the piece: “fertilizing the oceans with iron to make them absorb more carbon,” “planting more forests,” and “carbon capture technologies.”But there was no mention of agroecology, or regenerative agriculture—practices that work with nature, avoiding the damaging impacts of industrial agriculture, such as no-till farming, composting, planned grazing, and cover crops.