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Eco-Farm 2019 - Soil Restoration: The Foundation for Human and Planetary Health

Out-of-control wildfires, prolonged drought, severe water shortages, and intense heat waves across the globe: the worsening effects of climate change are affecting human and environmental health and accelerate our need to act now. It would be easy to become disheartened and to point fingers at agriculture as one of the major contributors to global warming — was it not for a growing cadre of innovative farmers and ranchers that are restoring working lands to drawdown atmospheric carbon, efficiently recycle nitrogen, and increase water storing capacity.

Many in this forward-thinking group are women, who care deeply about our soil and excel at nurturing it. In what is promising to be yet another compelling prelude to the EcoFarm Conference, we’re teaming up with Paicines Ranch to introduce you to some of the remarkable female farmers, ranchers, scientists, physicians and advocates at the core of the regenerative movement.

Ironically, while there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, agricultural soils the world over are carbon deficient and nutrient depleted, resulting in increased health issues and food insecurity! Not only is restoring our soils to sequester atmospheric carbon the single most viable pathway to reversing global warming, but increased fungal and microbial biodiversity in the soil also translates into myriad co-benefits for human health.