Browsing the "soil" Tag

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Dust Bowl Revisited?

Is a new Dust Bowl forming in the US Plains states and Southwest? State officials say “never again,” but agricultural practices in those areas could be creating the right conditions for another 30s-style loss of soil fertility.

November 19th

Grain Production Falling as Soil Erosion Continues

The thin layer of topsoil that covers much of the earth’s land surface is the foundation of civilization. As long as soil erosion on cropland does not exceed new soil formation, all is well. But once it does, it leads to falling soil fertility and eventually to land abandonment. As countries lose their topsoil through […]

Conserving and Rebuilding Soils

By Lester R. Brown The literature on soil erosion contains countless references to the “loss of protective vegetation.” Over the last half-century, clearcutting, overgrazing, and overplowing have removed so much of that protective cover that the world is quickly losing soil accumulated over long stretches of geological time (see “Civilization’s Foundation Eroding”). Preserving the biological […]

Book Review: Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

Most of us have heard about the slow food movement where we savor the taste of a place, know our farmers and sip the wine slowly, not gulp down a beer. But what about Slow Money? In Woody Tasch’s visionary book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility […]

July 22nd

SOIL Is Not a DIRTY Word

When you go out to work in the garden or the flowerbed, do you go out and dig in the dirt? When you fill up your flowerpots, are you filling them with dirt? When you head to the hardware store, do you pick up bags of dirt? When you think or talk about where the […]

July 12th