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Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Yacouba Sawadogo is an innovative African farmer whose techniques have helped inhabitants of the Sahel fight the expanding desert and improve the quality of the soil
The Organic Stream's insight:

Not a very new story, but a very good story. Yacouba Sawadogo's perseverance and faith in the ancient African farming practices (using compost) shows us that we already have working solutions to the soil crisis and desertification. An inspirational man.

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Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes

Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

What helps to absorb greenhouse gases, extend the life of farmland and keep soil moist in times of drought? At one of the Napa Valley’s most famed wineries, growers turn their eyes downward for their answer – toward the humble-looking, easy-to-miss plants between the rows of grapevines.

The Organic Stream's insight:

Cover crops and compost are sure-fire ways to support soils and improve olive growth! (what's not to like about that?).


For a more detailed understanding, listen to viticulturists Bob Schaffer and Bob Cannard explain how cover crops have transformed their vineyards on Episode 16 of our podcast).

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Could carbon farming save our soils?

Could carbon farming save our soils? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Lal said he believes the world’s soils have declined through centuries of improper land management that has removed and depleted alarming amounts of carbon from soils worldwide. He attributes the loss of soil carbon to ecosystem destruction — cutting down forested, natural ecosystems to create agricultural ecosystems, erosion and desertification — and nonsustainable farming and nutrient techniques such as plowing instead of no-till farming and using chemical fertilizers instead of spreading manure on fields. Significant areas of fertile soil also have disappeared as cities keep growing"

The Organic Stream's insight:

Good article, and great to see more coverage on carbon's importance for our soils.


"With judicious management, productivity and nutritional quality can be improved to feed the current and projected population while improving the environment and restoring ecosystem functions and services.”


Let's come together to make it happen!


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Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbon

Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbon | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A 12-year study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different soil management systems.
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Advances in soil carbon could be the key to improving food security and water quality | Rothamsted Research

Advances in soil carbon could be the key to improving food security and water quality | Rothamsted Research | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The Global Advances in Soil Carbon Management recommendations, which have been compiled by a team of international scientists, could have a significant impact on land degradation, food security, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions from land."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This is a big step forward in our effort to protect soils. And at The Organic Stream we are happy to see the project place such a strong emphasis on the importance of soil carbon for soil health.


Soil carbon is primarily stored in the soil organic matter (and of course, compost is rich in organic matter!).

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Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution

Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to research, if compost were applied to 5 percent of California’s land used for livestock grazing, it could result in a year’s worth of emissions from farm and forestry industries being captured.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Another article describing the great properties of compost.


Not only can compost cut carbon pollution, but it can help store water and protect against drought. For more, listen to our podcast episode on how compost can help Californian cities fight drought, and how we can best communicate this message.

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City soil healthier than farm soil, say experts

City soil healthier than farm soil, say experts | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The soil in city allotments is much healthier than that on our farmland, according to scientists who see urban farming as the answer.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The result of unsustainable and intensive farming across the world has lead to wide-spread depletion of nutrients in our soils and now we're looking to urban areas for our farming future.


How well could this have been avoided had we returned nutrients back to the soils in the form of compost throughout this time? Hopefully this news will accelerate the movement towards separate collection and treatment of organics.


Take our free online course to learn more about setting up a successful organics collection & treatment system in your community!

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A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.  The research showed that if compost from green waste  everything from household food scraps to dairy manure were applied over just 5 percent of the states grazing lands, the soil could capture a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from California's farm and forestry industries. In theory, Silver calculates, if compost made from the state's green waste were applied to a quarter of the state's rangeland, the soil could absorb three-quarters of California's total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike high-tech geo-engineering schemes to pull excess carbon dioxide from the air and stick it in old coal mines or under the ocean, applying compost is a simple way of creating what scientists call a positive feedback loop. 


Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great article!

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A new business makes composting convenient - New Paltz Times

A new business makes composting convenient - New Paltz Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New Paltz Times A new business makes composting convenient New Paltz Times Or is there another step in the process — table-to-farm, so to speak — where the remains of dinner are taken back to the farm to be composted and turned into soil in order...
The Organic Stream's insight:

It's great to see a successful business model for small-scale composting - even in its early stages. Charging a fee of 20 USD a month for residential collection is a bit of an ask, but owner Eileen Banrya hopes people will see the value of composting their food scraps rather than throwing into a landfill.


In a similar vein, from our conversation with long-time community composter David Buckel in NYC, it seems that there are more and more people thinking of ways to turn small-scale composting programs into a business to become self-sustaining and create jobs for the local community.

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NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting

NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Episode 21: Focusing on community composting in New York City with David Buckel, exploring how it can educate the public about sustainability, how it fits into a larger organics recycling system, and the challenges and opportunities composters face.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The new season of The Organic Stream is out! In this episode, we take a detailed look at the growing community composting movement in New York City with David Buckel of Added Value Red Hook Community Farms in Brooklyn. He tells us about the integral role community composting plays in the city, calling on policy makers to commit to a sustainable vision that includes community composting and ensure against the dangers of friction between community composting and curbside collection schemes.


Thank you to ORBIS for making this episode possible.

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Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies

Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
By various sources DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.” The law was suppo...
The Organic Stream's insight:

By keeping things local, small farmers are demonstrating how a decentralised and distributed production model can benefit local communities, local soils, and the environment. This is something we go into great detail in our most recent podcast episode. However, instead of promoting this, DeKalb County, USA, is using a law intended to stop large commercial operations in residential areas to fine a 2-acre farmer who sells to neighbours and farmers markets.


We should be promoting and supporting small farmers across the world, not penalising them.

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Compost For Soils - Application Guide

The Organic Stream's insight:

Compost for Soils is an excellent (and free!) composting and agriculture resource, featuring easy to digest and comprehensive fact sheets and case studies.


Check out the rest of their composting fact sheets and explore the site.

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Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will aid in bridging the gap
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TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#29: We discuss with Graham Brookman the unique benefits of compost use on the poor soils and olive orchard on his farm the Food Forest, and explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The first podcast episode of 2015 is now published!

We’re kicking off the year with a focus on the use of compost in horticulture – how compost use affects soil composition and soil health, and the plants or crops grown in it.

This week: Poor quality soil and delicate crops could have spelled disaster for South Australian organic farmer Graham Brookman, but with a steady use of compost, their property has transformed into a thriving business. We speak with Graham about how compost worked to saved his soils and his olive crops, explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.

Topics include: cost factors involved, sourcing compost, how best to apply compost to olive orchards, yield increase, saving water and reducing plant stress in a hot climate, and more.

Thanks to BiobiN® for making this episode possible.

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Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com

Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New methodology tracks soil health changes in top soil
The Organic Stream's insight:

"The framework and its field form are a standalone tool to track changes in the characteristics of individual soil samples. It has not been integrated into precision agricultural methods, although the information from soil fingerprints could provide more information to explain yield differences in a field that may help with the way precision management could be implemented."

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Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought

Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue. Soil conservation through composting helps the environment and land retain water.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great to see more articles on the importance of compost for tackling drought.


For more on this topic, be sure to tune into our 3 episode Drought Special on the Organic Stream podcast show, where we cover education and outreach (Episode 1), how to use compost and mulch on dry soils for maximum effect (Episode 2), and how the public sector can support compost and soil health to tackle drought (Episode 3).

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The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You

The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Author Nicolette Hahn Niman discusses soil's important role in sequestering carbon and the unexpected ways that eaters can help mitigate climate change.
The Organic Stream's insight:

It doesn't surprise us at Compostory.


If you're interested in the topic of soil health and its integral role in our survival, why not listen to Robin Murray in our two-part podcast show on this very topic!


Listen to episode one here.

And episode two here!

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RI Composting Law Now Official, But Weak - ecoRI news

RI Composting Law Now Official, But Weak - ecoRI news | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The initial version of the bill required composting for all institutions by 2021. But after opposition from restaurants and school groups, the compliance threshold was reduced to a smaller pool of institutions — those that generate 2 tons or more of organic waste per week. Several exemptions also were added, such as a “fair-price” provision that allows institutions to opt out if it’s cheaper to ship food scrap to the landfill. K-12 public schools also are exempted.

The Organic Stream's insight:

"Walsh and other speakers said the delayed start will give farms and other organic-management facilities time to open to the public."


Things may be moving slow, but they are moving in the right direction. Change can take time, and a slow start can give people more time to readjust to the new system.

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Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model")

Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
One Austin company is thinking outside the trash can, diverting more than 100 tons of food scraps to community gardens – by bicycle.

East Side Compost Pedallers diverts biodegradable waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill to local organic gardens and farmers to become nutrient-rich compost. Their business has grown by 10 percent since July.

By pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) on custom-fit bikes, the riders for East Side Compost Pedallers get an amazing work-out, and help the environment, all while promoting food sustainability. It’s a win-win-win scenario.

Residents pay only $4 a week to have their ‘scrapple’ picked up and diverted to where it can do some good. The company has only seven cyclists at the moment, but plans to grow as demand continues to increase. They may be aided by the fact that Austin, Texas, unlike many other U.S. cities, has a small compost pilot program available to residents of some neighborhoods.

Seed sovereignty and food sustainability are key issues in the GMO-tainted world, and businesses like this one turn biotech’s claim that we can’t feed our growing populations without their toxic products on its head.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great example of compost collection scheme that keeps things local and sustainable.


Local programs can help foster environmental stewardship in communities, educate people in the importance of recycling organics, decrease traffic on roads and therefore air pollution and greenhouse gas emmisions. WHat's not to like about this scenario?


For more thoughts on why composting should stay local, listen to our special on community composting in NYC!

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:38 PM

Small strides in the right long-range direction.

"Worldwatch Institute also says that world hunger is best solved by small-scale agriculture, not the industrial agricultural model we’ve all been finagled into. Bye-Bye GMO. Hello organic composting (from recycled food scraps!) and non-GMO seeds."

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An Approach To Expanding Commercial Composting Operations

An Approach To Expanding Commercial Composting Operations | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#23: Jeff Ziegenbein explores with us how best to expand a commercial composting facility without compromising quality or risking your business. We discuss the reasons for expansion, technological advances that help with processing and odour control, how to secure financing, and much more.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The new episode of The Organic Stream is out! This week, we're in Los Angeles talking to the project manager of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority Jeff Ziegenbein about how best to expand your composting facility without compromising quality or risking your business.

We discuss the reasons why composters may need to expand, the technological advances that can help with processing and odour control, how to use a phased approach to growth in order to secure financing and to maintain production quality, tips on dealing with regulations, and much more.

Thanks to If You Care for making this episode possible.

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Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Australia needs a nationwide effort to raise soil fertility, guarantee food security and a healthy diet – and lock up carbon.


The call comes from the Australian Soil Consortium (ASC), a group of leading farmers, agribusiness companies and scientists who are concerned for the future of one of the nation’s most valuable assets."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Good stats here: “Improving our soil productivity could increase farm yields by 10-15%, adding around $5 billion a year to the nation’s bottom line,” says South Australian wheat farmer and ASC chair, David Shannon."


Check out our interview with Australian Advocate for Soil Health Major General Jeffery and composter Rhonda Daly for more on the topic of food and soil health in Australia.

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State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ...

State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ... | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A project that combines thought leaders Brenda Platt (Institute for Local Self-Reliance), Nora Goldstein (BioCycle), Craig Coker (Coker Composting & Consulting) and Sally Brown (University of Washington), the reports profile ...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Important reads, linking soil health to compost.


Links in the page include sneak peeks to the two new reports:


State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How 

and

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting 


More coverage on the project here.

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