I’ve been waiting for this for years.

On my ‘Replenish the soil’ page I have documented the work of soil experts in both biochar, and cow-rotation expert Joel Salatin. (PolyFace Farms). I’ve also been wondering about crop & cow and biochar interfaces. Now the different disciplines are starting to come together. All he needs to do is meet Joel Salatin and I think we’ve got a winner!

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4 Responses to I’ve been waiting for this for years.

  1. sjschen says:

    This is very interesting work in preventing the putrefaction of manure and revitalization of soil by innovations in storage and processing! I’ve also see the problem tackled different by forgoing storage of it all together by intensive pasturing. This TED talk of Alan Savory on the subject is excellent: http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change?language=en

    Incidently, have you seen this? http://fortune.com/2015/02/02/doe-china-molten-salt-nuclear-reactor/ It seems the US and China is entering an agreement to collaboratively construct and MSR! China deals out the money and the site, while the US provides the giant chunk of know-how from Oak Ridge. I’m super excited about this.

  2. Eclipse Now says:

    yes, Alan Savory immediately reminded me of Joel Salatin’s mob, mow, and move system at Polyface farms, BUT it has been criticised as not being applicable globally and being a little simplistic about the types of mosses that grow in various locations.

    But if we supervise it on farms with electric wire fences moved every morning, and mob, mow, and move the cattle to fresh pastures every day, we can restore soil and raise more cattle on less land more efficiently while storing carbon in the soil! (See point 6).
    It’s like Alan Savory but more controlled on a local farm, not wandering across huge regions.

    Regarding the USA / China MSR deal… I thought I read that the Son of the former Premier had resigned from the project? I of course want it to go ahead, but sometimes in Chinese politics if a major leader of a project is sacked or resigns, the project dies? I certainly hope not!

    • sjschen says:

      I read the slate ariticle a while ago, and yes he does try to sell it as a panacea when it cannot be. Simply, his research is pretty good but he is overextrapolating and over-generalizing from the result, thus inviting this just criticism. I do think that his methods can work well in recuperating certain types of grasslands and reversing desertification in some places. And fact is that this is exactly the same as the intensive grazing methods championed by Salatin, on a far grander scale, shows that there is a good chance that it will work if the right grazing locations are chosen. And it would produce a lot of nice beef from otherwise fallow landscapes.

      I am completely clueless about Chinese politics, but the fact that China is actively pushing towards building the MSR is great and the fact the gov and people don’t shy away for NUCLEAR makes such developments very exciting.

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