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Can Regenerative Agriculture Stop Climate Change?
May 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come hear Dr. David C Johnson discuss his breakthrough research on how robust microbial life in the soil improves productivity, water retention in the soil, and pulls atmospheric carbon back into the soil. Dr. Johnson is a molecular biologist at the Institute for Energy and Environment at the New Mexico State University and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Research Center.
“Soils with higher carbon content and larger fungal populations enable us to double crop production without increasing water,” Johnson reports. “Increasing soil carbon in our desert soils by 1% can quintuple the water storage capacity of that soil. Adopting regenerative agricultural practices that enable soil microbial communities to flourish increases the efficiency at which plants can capture and store atmospheric carbon and reduces the rate at which soils respire this carbon. Field experiments on range and farmland soils demonstrate an increase of 10.7 to 25.5 tons carbon/hectare/year of soil carbon and a concomitant decrease of 39.2 to 93 tons CO2/hectare/year of atmospheric carbon dioxide. These carbon capture rates could allow the offset of all anthropogenic carbon emissions on ~22% of the arable land on this planet.”
Join 350 Sonoma, CAFF, and the Farmer’s Guild for an exciting evening of learning at the beautiful SHED in Healdsburg. We appreciate the Healdsburg SHED for hosting this event, and for its generous contribution to our community in Sonoma County.
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