PESCADERO, California—The climate crisis is the trendiest topic for Democratic presidential candidates, and their trendiest idea is that agriculture can be a big part of the solution instead of a big part of the problem. They’re pledging to pay farmers and ranchers to capture more carbon in fields and pastures. They’re promising a new era of smaller and gentler “regenerative agriculture” to help reverse the damage conventional agriculture inflicts on the land and the atmosphere. Bernie Sanders, as usual, has the most radical rhetoric: “We’re going to end factory farming, because it’s a danger to the environment!” But almost all the Democratic hopefuls, from Elizabeth Warren to Cory Booker to also-rans like Tim Ryan, are pitching regenerative solutions to degraded soils, polluted waters, and an overheated planet, not to mention their party’s political struggles in rural America. “Imagine what it would mean if a … [Read more...] about Tom Steyer Thinks His Ranch Can Save the Planet
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Christina Larson Associated Press Published 8:33 AM EDT Oct 1, 2019 Madre de Dios, Peru – Destruction of the forests can be swift. Regrowth is much, much slower. But around the world, people are putting shovels to ground to help it happen. In a corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where illegal gold mining has scarred forests and poisoned ground, scientists work to change wasteland back to wilderness. More than 3,000 miles to the north, on former coal mining land across Appalachia, workers rip out old trees that never put down deep roots and make the soil more suitable to regrow native tree species. In Brazil, a nursery owner grows different kinds of seedlings to help reconnect forests along the country’s Atlantic coast, benefiting endangered species like the golden lion tamarin. They labor amid spectacular recent losses – the Amazon jungle and the Congo basin ablaze, smoke from Indonesian rainforests wafting over Malaysia and Singapore, fires set mostly to make way … [Read more...] about Restoring forests 1 tree at a time to help repair climate
In the rolling hills along a rural stretch of the California coastline south of San Francisco, researchers plunged small probes into the soil last year, took samples, and sent them to a lab to measure the carbon stored in the dirt. Three years earlier, they’d done the same thing. Over time, they found, the amount of carbon in the soil had grown. The hypothesis: A herd of cattle grazing on the land may be fighting climate change by helping sequester extra carbon from the air into the ground. Is it possible for a burger to be carbon-neutral? It’s well known that cattle—and by extension, beef and milk and cheese and ice cream—have a large carbon footprint. A 2018 study found that Americans need to eat 90% less beef and 60% less milk to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. But another recent study suggests that if farmers manage grazing using specific techniques called regenerative agriculture, the final stage of beef production could actually … [Read more...] about Is it possible to raise a carbon-neutral cow?
Politicians often rally their supporters with partisan red meat, but these days Republicans are using actual red meat. They’re accusing Democrats of a plot to ban beef, trying to rebrand the Green New Deal for climate action as a nanny-state assault on the American diet. At Thursday’s rally in Michigan, President Donald Trump portrayed a green dystopia with “no more cows.” In a recent Washington speech, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka warned conservatives that leftists are coming for their hamburgers: “This is what Stalin dreamt about, but never achieved!” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) actually ate a burger during a press conference on Capitol Hill, an activity he claimed would be illegal under a Green New Deal. In reality, nobody’s banning beef. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the driving force behind the Green New Deal, really did suggest that “maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” … [Read more...] about Inside the Race to Build the Burger of the Future
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 7, 2019 at 11:58 am | UPDATED: March 7, 2019 at 11:58 am By Joshua Partlow, Nick Moriff and David A. Farenthold | Washington Post WINGDALE, N.Y. – One morning last May, Eric Trump sent a text message to the caretaker of the shooting range he and his brother own in upstate New York. The weather was getting warmer, and it was time to plant crops to attract deer that the Trumps and their friends could hunt. “Juan – how are the fields coming along,” Eric Trump wrote to Juan Quintero. “They need to be planted in the next week or so in order to make the season. Hope you are great.” “I’m working in it,” Quintero replied in his limited English. Quintero, 42, was so trusted by the Trumps that he had not one but two jobs working for the family. He was a greenskeeper at the Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, where he would work eight-hour shifts on weekdays. Then he would … [Read more...] about He worked (illegally) for the Trump sons for 18 years