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Welcome to ReGenerations, a newsletter for supporters of Soil4Climate, like you. We'll do our best to update you on the science, policy, news, and other happenings as it relates to our mission to advocate for soil restoration as a climate solution.
Happy Earth Day! Thank you all for all that you do to ReGenerate the Earth and its soils. Here at Soil4Climate, we've had a busy few months. To update you, we wanted to start with our gratitude to everyone who has supported Soil4Climate over the past few months. This includes our monthly donors, our 35,000 friends on Facebook, Updeed, the Weston A. Price Foundation, Emily Landenberger of the Middlebury Natural Food Co-op, Middlebury College, and more.
Weston A. Price Foundation Awards Grant to Soil4Climate Supporting Drought Relief and Regenerative Grazing in Africa
The Weston A. Price Foundation announced in April the award of a $2500 grant to Soil4Climate, to support its regenerative grazing, permaculture, and drought relief efforts in East Africa. The principal recipients of this grant will be Maasai communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Read full story in a news release here.
The Role of Ruminants in Reversing Global Warming
Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate, Inc. presented "The Role of Ruminants in Reversing Global Warming" at Middlebury College on March 14, 2023.
Participants in the event included 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. Read the full story and watch the video here:
Regenerative agriculture: Key to solving the climate crisis
In "Regenerative agriculture: Key to solving the climate crisis," Hunter Lovins, a pioneer in the global environmental movement and good friend of Soil4Climate, features a number of farmers, scientists, and policymakers working to restore soils and sequester carbon.
The article also features Soil4Climate's Seth Itzkan and how pig farmers in Africa are sequestering carbon. Seth cites work in Zambia where pig farmers, using mobile cages, are achieving dramatic increases in soil carbon. He writes: "Using this method, Sebastian Scott has increased his soil organic matter (SOM) from approximately 0.5% (typical for the sandy soil in the area) to 2.5%. For those of you doing math at home, that equates to 9.6 TONS of carbon per acre or 24 TONS of carbon per hectare increase. Over large enough areas (such as the size of Zambia) that equates to 1.8 billion tons or 1.8 gigatons of sequestered carbon."
Hunter Lovins cites a white paper from the Rodale Institute that states, "that the enormous amount of recent data on soil carbon sequestration shows that regenerative agriculture “could drawdown more than 100 percent of annual CO2 emissions.”
Well, that gives us hope here at Soil4Climate on this Earth Day in 2023. For more science and hope, see Soil4Climate's "Hope Below Our Feet, Peer-Reviewed Publications on Well-Managed Grazing as a Means of Improving Rangeland Ecology, Building Soil Carbon, and Mitigating Global Warming."
We hope you'll join us in our efforts to restore the world's soils. Happy Earth Day, 2023!
Give a Love Donation to Regenerative Ag projects in East Africa! Give a $100 and receive a Soil4Climate hat as a thank you!