80% of the carbon in soil has been lost to the air and into water

Did you know that our modern agricultural system is responsible for putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the burning of fossil fuels? Understanding this reveals an obvious answer to pressing global problems.
There are only three places for carbon to go: land, air and water. Our agricultural practices have removed massive amounts of valuable carbon from land, transferring it into air and water. By paying greater attention to carbon management, we have the opportunity to make a dramatic difference in this area, which is having major negative consequences to our agriculture, and the pollution of our water and air.
As explained by Judy, early this past summer, concentrations of atmospheric CO2 crossed the 400 parts per million-threshold—the highest it’s been in thousands of years. According to an organization called 350.org, scientists believe our CO2 levels need to be around 350 parts per million in order to maintain favorable living conditions on earth.
Carbon management is a critical aspect of environmental health and the growing of food.
That said, CO2 levels are not constantly or continuously rising in a straight line. The level rises and falls, and this is a clue to what’s going on.
“Depending on the season, depending on how much photosynthesis is happening, it dips down, and then goes up again,” Judy explains. “When we’ve got a lot of plants, as we get towards the warmer part of the year, more photosynthesis is happening, and the CO2 levels drop slightly.
That’s so important to know, because photosynthesis is key to what we’re talking about.
When I talk about bringing carbon back into the soil, I’m talking about supporting and stimulating the process of photosynthesis – in other words, growing more plants. Those plants then take in the CO2. They make carbon compounds. Those carbon compounds are drawn down, and they go into the soil.”
Sequestering carbon in the Earth’s soils is a good thing. There’s actually more carbon in our world soils than in all plants, including trees, and the atmosphere together. However, due to modern agricultural methods, we’ve lost between 50 and 80 percent of the carbon that used to be in the soil… This means there’s plenty of “room” to put it back in.
“It’s useful to understand that the notion of bringing carbon back into the soil, one thing that it does is withdraw carbon down from the atmosphere. That’s hugely important,” Judy says.
“Carbon is the main component of soil organic matter. That’s the good stuff that you want in soil anyway for fertility. It also absorbs water. When you have carbon-rich soil, you also have soil that is resilient to floods and drought. When you start looking at soil carbon, the news keeps getting better and better.”

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4 Responses to “80% of the carbon in soil has been lost to the air and into water”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, It’s not CO2 we should be bothered with, Methane is the problem.
    Chemtrailing has caused local heating of frozen Permafrost, this is releasing Methane that has been captive for thousands of years.
    This goes up into the atmosphere and attacks the Ozone.
    This Ozone depletion changes our Magnetic shield around the Earth, which is allowing radiation to pass through.
    Whilst all this is going on, Maurice Strong, cannot pack enough CO2 credits into his account to trade for Billions of pounds.
    We could not make this up, it’s so amazing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Strangely enough we have had no chemtrails over Derby the last 2 days which is unheard of. It’s the first time in 2 years. I watch the sky’s every day and the last time there was a day without trails was summer 2011 There has been non at night either.

  3. Tapestry says:

    Watch out for a deep freeze

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