2019 Colorado Hot Issues in Health Conference, Climate Session

Hosted by the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute, the event has convened the state’s leading thinkers to discuss pressing issues related to health and health care for nearly 20 years. The 2019 Hot Issues in Health Conference will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado Moderator: Karam Ahmad, …

Identical proportion of innovators (25%) in cities and in rural areas

Why We Should Stop Conflating Cities With Innovation and Creativity: The language we use to discuss innovation and creativity has such a pro-urban bias that we’ve forgotten these qualities flourish outside of cities, too. DECEMBER 2, 2019, CityLab, by RICHARD SHEARMUR, Director of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University “It can be argued that urban innovation and creativity have …

Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil

December 5, 2019 CarbonWA.org Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil Agriculture produces about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But 80 miles east of Seattle, a small farm along the Yakima River is proving that agriculture can store carbon in the soil, instead — in a big way. Spoon Full Farm is jointly run …

Meet the farmers putting politics aside to share insights and make progress

Lynn Freehill-Maye posted Nov 21, 2019 in Yes! Magazine “PFI, in my view, is the best example in this country right now of the blending of science and local wisdom,” Laura Lengnick says. She’s a North Carolina-based resilient-agriculture researcher who travels the country talking to groups like these. Organizations like Practical Farms of Iowa remain rare, Lengnick says. The group has …

Rural dialogues

Farmers and farm guests partake in field walks and discussions at Willow Lake Farm Agroecology Summit in Windom Minnesota. Anna ClaussenGIT ALONG DIALOGUES Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again. By Scott Shigeoka on Oct 29, 2019  The world of the possible Subscribe To Shift Happens Anna Claussen grew up on a family farm 20 miles outside of Benson, Minnesota, a town …

Fertilizer plants emit 100 times more methane than reported. IPCC points to nitrogen fertilizers as one of the most dangerous and underestimated contributors to the climate crisis

Step Aside Agribusiness, It’s Time for Real Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Sept 24 2019. Big food and agribusiness companies are desperate to portray themselves as part of the solution to the climate crisis. But there is no way to reconcile what’s needed to heal our planet with their unflinching commitment to growth. By GRAIN. New research is showing that the …

Agriculture and solar panels go together, improving each

“Many of us want more renewable energy, but where do you put all of those panels? As solar installations grow, they tend to be out on the edges of cities, and this is historically where we have already been growing our food,” said Greg Barron-Gafford, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and lead author on the paper that …

Bringing the issues facing family farmers into the national conversation.

This year, five candidates for the Democratic nomination say they support a ban on factory farms. “The 1996 Farm Bill stripped away the last remnants of farm programs that used to ensure farmers were paid fairly in the marketplace by managing production and setting price floors,” Ben Lilliston, the director of rural strategies and climate change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, …

4p1000 Initiative and GND

Earlier this year Sierra Club joined the 4p1000 Initiative. The article,  Five Big Ideas for a Green New Deal lists number 5 as Carbon Friendly Farming which contains a link to a peer reviewed paper with this quote, “On this basis, the 4p1000 initiative on Soil for Food Security and Climate14, officially launched by the French Ministry of Agriculture at the United Nations Framework Convention …