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SOIL is the Climate Solution (Kiss the Ground)

Did you know that a leaf is usually 20 degrees cooler than a green piece of paper, and up to 50-60 degrees cooler than bare soil? Did you know that plants SHARE their sugars with the soil to help support the organisms in the soil and keep it alive and aerated? Did you know that you can easily rebuild topsoil? Did you know that cows aren't necessarily bad for the environment, if you implement planned grazing? Did you know that you can run a farm in a way that REGENERATES the soil, AND improves yield and saves costs on fertilizer and other external interventions? Did you know that the ground is an underutilized carbon sink, and there is more carbon sequestered in the soil (i.e. the "pedospere") than in the atmosphere AND the biosphere COMBINED? Now I do, and now you do too! Over the past two weeks, I've been taking a course with the organization "Kiss the Ground" (on a platform called Commune - www.onecommune.com) where I've very quickly been convinced that SOIL is the solution to global climate change. What we thought we knew about how the ground works in the 60s and 70s now seems to be totally incomplete and misguided - and we can see the results in the global loss of topsoil and disappearing sources of clean water. It really gives me hope that we're not too far gone - that there are REGENERATIVE practices that can help us not just sustain our compromised environments, but actually IMPROVE them. And to do it in a way that is economically viable, and doesn't require people to lose out on profits but actually encourages even more functional farms!

Christina Castelli

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