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What an exciting report,


Old technologies are being rediscovered as the best management for our soils and agriculture and yet profit rules the day. I have fought for against industrial agriculture for a long time now which treats the living soil like a dead matrix for chemical additions. Soil can save us with its phenomenal ability to sequester carbon and it is a cheap system as well.

Africa also has the world’s largest repository of drought resistant seeds. This genetic treasure could also save the world.

The blind greed of Big Ag and Big Food will kill the soil, our genetic treasure and our climate before they give up their quarterly profits. Monsanto et al have teamed up with USA 4-H to trap African farmers into their system of chemicals upon more chemicals.

Thank you, @grapevines!


@occupystephanie Well stated. Our society and culture seems so focused on the now and the future that the past gets dismissed. Looking to the past as a way of moving forward shows respect for the totality of human achievement. Alas, greed trumps all.


indigenous/traditional knowledge–who needs that? Is it patentable? No? Let’s make sure we forget it.
Yikes I should avoid over there…makes me snarky and mean….


Thank you, grapevines. May this take off like kudzu.

One of the many awful things that the TPP would help to squash.


Thanks @grapevines I’ll link to this next Tuesday for the Terrace if you don’t mind…


Saw a program on tv years ago about how they make charcoal in South America. Some are urging them to do it in a ‘closed system’ to cut down on emissions (smoke and CO2), but who knows how much that costs? It would have to be affordable for them.

Biochar’s History as an Ancient Soil Amendment— Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from super-heating biomass. It is found naturally in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires. Biochar has also been created and used by humans in traditional agricultural practices in the Amazon Basin of South America for more than 2,500 years. Dark, charcoal-rich soil (known as terra preta or black earth) supported productive farms in areas that previously had poor, and in some places, toxic soils.