Healthy Soils: Growing Climate Resilience

  • 5 May 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Corte Madera Community Center

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Healthy Soils: Growing Climate Resilience

Let’s build healthy soils that both produce nutritious food AND protect the planet

May 5, 2020
6:30 - 9:00 PM
 (doors open at 6:00pm with light refreshments)
Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA

When it comes to climate change, agriculture is villain, victim, and potential savior. It produces 9% of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but could potentially draw down more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits. Shifting from conventional agricultural practices to ones that improve soil health can eliminate numerous environmental harms while producing an abundance of nutritious and affordable food. Come hear experts explain how building the health of our agricultural soil can reduce emissions, sequester carbon, and improve plant health.

What are the issues?

  • Billions of tons of GHG emissions
  • Soil erosion, dust and health issues
  • Dependence on fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
  • Poor water infiltration and retention
  • Reduced nutrient density 
  • Threats to food security

What are the solutions?

  • CA Healthy Soils Program
  • Regenerative, sustainable, and organic agriculture
  • Carbon farming
  • Innovative research into healthy soils and carbon sequestration
  • Farmer-to-farmer information sharing
  • Consumer consciousness

Conventional agricultural practices are degrading climate, soil, and animal and human health. They prioritize low costs and high yields over long-term soil health. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here in Marin, change is happening—though more is needed. Marin farms and ranches cover approximately 50% of the county and contribute over $100 million to our economy. The most recent data (2017) put GHG emissions from agriculture at about 8% of county’s total emissions with potential to decline thanks to new practices including carbon farming and methane capture. But Marin can do even more and serve as an example and resource for other agricultural areas. Come learn how you can support the movement to reduce GHGs and increase our resilience to climate change by cultivating the health of our agricultural soil. 

Speakers   Q&A Moderator

Renata Brillinger
Executive Director,
California Climate & Agriculture Network
(CALCAN)

Cynthia Daley
Executive Director, 
Center for Regenerative Agriculture, 
Chico State University

Jeff Creque
Director of Rangeland
and Agroecosystem Management, 
Carbon Cycle Institute

David Lewis
Director, University of California Cooperative Extension, Marin
       


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