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Soil4Climate is honored to co-host with the NorthEast Organic Farming Association, NOFA Mass, the Boston-area premiere of the landmark film Common Ground, showing October 24th, 2023, at 7:30 pm at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts. https://regenttheatre.com/details/common_ground
Common Ground is the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground, which touched over 1 billion people globally and inspired the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health.
By fusing journalistic expose' with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the food movement, Common Ground unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system. The film reveals how unjust practices forged our current farm system in which farmers of all colors literally die to feed us. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of white, black, and indigenous farmers who are using alternative "regenerative" models of agriculture that could balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize America's economy – before it's too late.
From the filmmakers of ‘Kiss the Ground’ (Netflix) comes the follow-up documentary ‘Common Ground,’ recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival 2023 Human/Nature Award.
The film is directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, who have created bold and inspiring environmental films for many years (Kiss the Ground, On Sacred Ground, Regenerate Ojai, Fuel, The Big Fix), while winning coveted awards along the way from Sundance, Cannes, Red Nation, and Tribeca.
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THETFORD, Vt. (March 14, 2023) – Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate, Inc. will present on The Role of Ruminants in Reversing Global Warming on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall 220 Bicentennial Way, Middlebury, VT.
Participants in the event include Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op, Middlebury College Food Studies program, the New Perennials project, the Vermont Grass Farmers Association, and special guests Josh and Janelle Lucas of Lucas Family Farms and Meadow Squier of Squier Family Farm, with opening remarks by Abe Collins, a grazing consultant who serves clients to design and build livestock farms and ranches from the soil up.
“I first learned of Seth Itzkan's work through the Vermont Healthy Soils Council during his participation in a committee born of last year's UN Global Food Systems Summit,” said Emily Landenberger, a farmer and marketing, education, and membership manager of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op and organizer of the Middlebury event. “I'm excited that he is now willing to visit and share this lecture with our community," she said.
“I am honored to be presenting at Middlebury College on the role of ruminants in reversing global warming,” said Seth Itzkan, a co-founder and co-director of Soil4Climate, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to advocate for soil restoration as a climate solution. “Understanding the role of well-managed domestic ruminants to build soil carbon - as wild ruminants have been doing for tens of millions of years - and enabling food producers to manage animals in this way, are essential next steps in the climate fight,” he said. “Middlebury College has been at the forefront of climate activism for over three decades, helping to create the narrative and the agenda for climate activism. The time for action on this front is now. Middlebury College is the ideal place to start it,” he continued.
"Our food systems must regenerate natural resources and communities instead of continuing to exploit and degrade them,” said Molly Anderson, Ph.D., and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College, a co-sponsor of the event. “This will require changes in how we grow and market food, as well as changes in our mindsets so that we recognize our interdependence with natural ecosystems. Well-managed grazing systems can play a positive role in this transformation,” she said.
"Industrially produced meat is unquestionably bad for the environment,” said Landenberger. “But what if properly managed animals could be part of the solution? Indeed, that seems to be the case and it all comes down to the way that we manage grazing animals and utilize their manures. Perpetuating the myth that all animal agriculture is harmful misses an important opportunity to restore ecosystem health and mitigate the impacts of climate change," she said.
“The latest peer-reviewed research is showing that with well-planned grazing, carbon concentrations in previously denuded soils can increase by as much as 1 ton per acre per year. If applied on the approximate 10 billion acres of grasslands globally, this would nearly mitigate the entire anthropogenic output," said Seth Itzkan.
In 2017, Soil4Climate and the Maasai Center for regenerative pastoralism launched the Maasai Lands Restoration Project to improve degraded soils in Kenya. The venture aims to provide permanent solutions to the challenges of drought, desertification, and food and water security. Improving the land will sequester carbon, helping to mitigate and eventually reverse global warming. Soil4Climate is raising emergency funds for the Maasai who are in a terrible climate-fueled drought.
“Seth will captivate you with his sincerity and mesmerize you with his knowledge – he will bring the drought in Africa to your doorstep and you will feel its relevance,” said Meghan J. Sheradin, Executive Director of the Vermont Grass Farmers Association.
Couldn't make the Middlebury Event? See the video here!
"Yebo!" translates as "Yes! That's right!" in the southern African languages of Zulu and Ndebele, spoken at the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, where Allan Savory developed the systems for soil restoration with properly managed livestock. Yes that's right, or Yebo, we can restore the world's soils - the second largest carbon sink on the planet after the oceans - through regenerative cropping, grazing, and agroforestry projects. Let's keep in touch so we can invite you to special events and inform you of our progress together.
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