It’s All About the Soil: Farming on a Hot Planet

By March 15, 2016 Blog
Plant growing in soil on farm

What comes to mind when you think about climate change and what we as individuals, or a nation, can do to help solve the crisis? Aside from the obvious choices like changing light bulb’s and looking at renewable energy, what should come to mind is that changing the way our food is produced or the dietary choices we make can be a vital part of the much needed solution.

There is a real food-and-climate-change connection: Climate change is forcing us to rethink farming methods. Globally, more than twice as much carbon is stored in our soil as in our living vegetation. Maintaining that soil and getting more carbon sequestered in the land is a critical component of mitigating the crisis.

The farmer is a great, untapped resource in the fight against climate change, but that’s just part of the solution. Our food system plays such a significant role in heating our planet. And if food and farming can be part of the path towards a healthy globe, what can we do to be part of the solution?

Anna Lappé, best-selling author of Diet for a Hot Planet, widely respected educator, speaker, and known for her work as an expert on food systems and as a sustainable food advocate, will be part of a thought-provoking 4-hour event that explores the connection of soil, farming and climate change. Hear about solutions emerging from the land:  from the soil, the crops, and the farmers who are employing climate-friendly methods to restore and regenerate the soil. You’ll learn how informed choices about your diet and your garden have an impact on the planet and how Sonoma County and California are leading the way.

Get Informed

Join Slow Food Russian River and special guest Anna Lappé along with leading climate and food policy activists Diana Donlon and Michael Dimock at Green String Farm in Petaluma this Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Tickets can be purchase online at BPT. For more information about this important event, please visit our website.

 

 

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