Wildoak Living ARCHIVE - CHANGING CLIMATE - CHANGING WORLDS - Part 6 - COWS SAVE THE PLANET
Part 6 looks at the connection between climate and top soil and how cows and other grass eating ruminants can help reverse climate change.
Johanna talks with veteran journalist Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth. Judith is at the leading edge of the movement that recognizes the importance of soil—for issues as close to home as our nutrition and as vast and global as climate change—as well as the potentially positive role of cows in that equation.Could it be that the answers to some of our most challenging global problems involve neither advanced technologies nor the lion’s share of our national treasuries, but the humble layer of soil beneath our feet? In Cows Save the Planet, Schwartz responds with an informed and enthusiastic “yes." The problem, however, is that we’re losing topsoil somewhere between ten—in the United States—and forty—in China and India—times faster than we’re regenerating it. Schwartz illustrates how focusing on soil restoration will allow us to chip away at the seemingly insurmountable problems we currently face.
Judith maintains that cows get a bad rap: “[T]he common assumption today is that cattle are ecological bad news due to overgrazing and the methane they emit as a result of their digestive process. Cattle (and other grass-eating animals) do have an effect on the environment--but how they're managed determines whether the impact is destructive or beneficial.” Tune in to learn more about the connection between soil, cows and climate.
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This series is part of my contribution to education about climate change. The idea for this series on Wildoak Living was born during an interview I did with Dr. Peter Joseph in early 2012. He inspired me to check out the The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. In August of 2012, I was trained by Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to educate about climate change and became one of the more than 4000 volunteer climate leaders.
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