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What's your country's biggest export?

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We bet it's soil, life-giving nutrient-full soil and instead of making money, creating jobs and bringing security and wealth it's undermining our future fast. Degrading soils release massive amounts of stored carbon dioxide Co2, accelerating desertification, climate change and biodiversity loss and, because there's less vigorous plant re-growth ( less nutrients) to put the Co2 back in the soil, it's a negative spiral. 

Reducing Co2 emissions from our energy-hungry lifestyles is commendable but it's looking pretty futile and unrealistic because 4 billion more people have just arrived at the high consumption, high emissions table and many more on the way- its impossible to stop human progress- everyone wants more.

Reversing the natural cycle, we see that improving soil promotes increasingly vigorous plant growth which moves an increasing amount of Co2 from the atmosphere into the soil by way of photosynthesis and thus providing more food for all life.

Too simple? For many perhaps it is, but for farmers, pastoralists, gardeners, foresters and all us with their feet still on the ground it's common sense.

How do we restore the soil on a large-scale? Well now that may sound a little counter- intuitive at first but..........  

Dr Allan Savory, winner of The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2010 in recognition of his "Operation Hope for Africa" project, challenges us with the assertion that: 

"Humanity's future hangs on a slender thread - learning how to manage livestock to address biodiversity loss/ desertification/ climate change"                          

Please take an hour and watch his video seminar here 



 

 
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