Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor
Perennial Pastures Reverse Climate Change
It's all about perennial pastures. Multi-species, perennial pastures, carefully managed for good grazing, are continually pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground where it belongs. When humans started farming some 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, that process of plowing and cultivating started an inexorable process of releasing greenhouse gasses from the soil to the atmosphere, a process we sped up tremendously with the industrial revolution, industrialized agriculture, and the mining and burning of fossil fuels. All the discussion about reducing greenhouse emissions leaves those things in the air! Only regenerative agriculture is working on actually REVERSING climate change by REMOVING greenhouse gasses from the air. Row crops (soy, corn, wheat, cotton, and yes vegetables) require continual disruption of the soil which releases more greenhouse gasses; worse, conventional agriculture is dependent on chemical and fossil fuel inputs. Here are red clover, chicory, six different grasses, plantain and kale, getting it done.