Fields of solar panels are increasingly common across the country. And people are exploring new ways to use the land under and around the arrays. Some farm vegetables. Others graze sheep or grow pollinator plants and keep bees. The approach is called agrivoltaics.
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You may have heard a lot about soil carbon, “storing” carbon in soil, or “carbon markets.” So, let’s look at the relationship between soil and carbon in basic terms.
Farmers are on the frontline of climate change, at the mercy of worsening extreme weather. Farms also contribute to the problem. But they could help solve it, through practices that could store billions of tons of carbon in the soil while boosting farm profits. A transformation of America’s farm economy would be as profound as the revolution in the energy economy.
According to new data from the Rhodium Group analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures and changing rainfall will drive agriculture and temperate climates northward, while sea level rise will consume coastlines and dangerous levels of humidity will swamp the Mississippi River valley.
“Sustainability” is a word often associated with food and farming. Everyone wants to know that their food was sustainably raised, harvested, processed, and even consumed. However, does anyone actually know what sustainability is, or what it looks like? It seems to have been one of those terms that just got tagged on as a marketing ploy and has become commonplace amongst words like organic, natural, and conventional.
This system, with its reliance on monoculture, mechanization, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, biotechnology, and government subsidies, has made food abundant and affordable. However, the ecological and social price have been steep: erosion, depleted and contaminated soil and water resources, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, labor abuses, and the decline of the family farm.
A unique hands-on virtual training to consider the impacts of climate change adaptation responses in real-world natural resource management planning. This seven-week long virtual course is for natural resource management professionals working in forests, urban forests, forested watersheds, and associated natural ecosystems.
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Agriculture’s critical dependence on fossil fuels and the clearing of forests, grasslands and prairies for farming are the top two factors responsible for today’s massive global increases in CO2.