In the post-coal economy, life-skills training helps employ people and restores the land

The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms Fall 2017 THE JUST TRANSITION ISSUE TABLE OF CONTENTS  IN DEPTH Alaska’s Small Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back 4 Reasons Trump Can’t Stop the Renewables Revolution Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms How to Feed Ourselves …

Hopi farming: a 2000-year-long agriculture experiment

by radiocafe | Jun 23, 2020 | Activism, Down to Earth, Education, Environment, Food & agriculture, Native & indigenous, Science & health Hopi farmers were practicing regenerative agriculture before it was named. Working with the soil, the weather, the water cycle, seeds, and cultural practices, they fed themselves in the dry land of northern Arizona for millennia. Now the industrial food system has challenged their way of living and farming. We …

Chevron partners with biomethane developer to harvest, market gas from local dairy manure

Wes Wilson comments: Dubious benefits — needs subsidies, expands dairy feedlots leading to nitrogen flushing into local ground water and delays getting to 100% renewables John Cox, Bakersfield.com, June 18, 2019 Chevron partners with biomethane developer to harvest, market gas from local dairy manure Chevron USA Inc. announced Tuesday it has partnered with a Visalia-based company to help fund up …

The End of Meat Is Here

If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals. By Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Eating Animals” and “We Are the Weather.” May 21, 2020, NYT Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves? Is any relief more primitive than the …

The heat waves that powered the Dust Bowl are now more than twice as likely to happen again MICHAEL D’ESTRIES May 27, 2020 A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935. (Photo: NOAA George E. Marsh Album [public domain]/Wikimedia Commons) They were called “black blizzards” and “black rollers,” towering billows of dust rising thousands of feet high that became ominous symbols of …

Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change

Much of the recent limelight for agricultural emissions reductions shines on one option that our report found had limited potential: increasing carbon sequestration in soils through practices broadly referred to as “regenerative agriculture.” …if the world fails to reduce emissions in other sectors like energy and transport, we’ll need to rely ever more heavily on land solutions, exacerbating food and …

The bright side of the current farm crisis:an opportunity for change

Most are looking for answers. They are looking for ways to survive in a changing agricultural environment—no matter what its cause, wondering what those solutions to the current system might look like. Increased cost of living—up 14% over the last 4 years— has hit farmers hard. Although family farms account for 97 percent of farms in the United States, the …

What U.S. Farming Can Do to Stop Climate Change: livestock and livestock feed portions of our agricultural lands adds up to 781 million acres, 41 percent of all the land in the Lower 48

Montesino cherry tomatoes grow in a greenhouse at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, Massachusetts on June 13, 2019. Freedom Food Farm uses compost to add carbon to the soil.PHOTO BY LANE TURNER/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGESEXCERPTThe landscape of farmland, pastures, ranges, and forest could sequester carbon on a massive scale by 2030. Here’s the math. BY RONNIE CUMMINS  Yes Magazine, FEB 20, 2020 The …

The Common land issue (vs rents) links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning

Dec. 2019, Frederic Sultan et al., Peer to Peer Network The land issue links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning. In each of these areas, common land policies and practices revisit the notions of access and uses, property, value and transaction, conservation and protection of land. Among the diversity of the …

Tackling the climate crisis and pollution; Creating good, high-paying jobs; and Counteracting racial and economic inequity

By Ben Beachy January 1, 2019, the Sierra Club From kitchen tables to the halls of Congress, talk of a Green New Deal continues to grow. In the past year of writing and speaking about this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequality, we’ve covered Green New Deal goals, local policy wins that offer tangible Green New Deal models, and the recent surge in Green New Deal momentum. …