SOIL SCIENCE

From growing 95% of our food, to creating fresh water sources, to balancing our climate, to being the foundation of all life on land, soil is our optimism for what’s possible. 

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  • NY Times: To Combat Climate Change, Start From the Ground Up (With Dirt)
  • NY Times: A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment
  • NY Times: Can Dirt Save the Earth?
  • Washington Post: A secret weapon to fight climate change: dirt
  • Upworthy: A down-and-dirty look at a groundbreaking discovery that could save the planet.
  • Huffington Post: A Weapon Against Climate Change May Be Right Under Our Feet
  • Fusion.net: An overlooked answer to climate change right beneath your feet
  • The Atlantic: Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People
  • FastCo: Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change
  • Yes! Magazine: What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Key practices, principles and pioneering work of regenerative agriculture.

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Some of the main policies, bills, and initiatives we’re tracking across California, the US and the globe:

  1. Domestic Soil Policy Examples
  2. International Soil Protection Policy Examples
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Did you know that building healthy soils on a global scale is one of the best ways to draw down enough carbon to prevent a catastrophic climate crisis? ―And carbon storage isn’t soil’s only superpower; the ways that soil stands to positively impact the lives of billions worldwide are tangible and immediate: replenished water cycles, restored fertility, and regenerated ecosystems. What’s not to love? Here are 10 ways to love the soil. 

Today, your purchasing choices are more powerful than ever. — Regenerative agricultural systems produce healthier and tastier food, support clean air and water, and contribute to a future we can proudly pass on to our grandchildren. Kiss the Ground’s Purchasing Guide will illuminate the ways we can help build, support, and contribute to these systems right now, by making mindful purchasing decisions, starting today.

Knowing what is in your clothing and how it came to be made has defining implications for personal and planetary health. Fibershed’s Free Clothing Guide is designed to empower the decision-making process of all wearers—starting with you! We don’t often ask what’s in our clothing and we’re not provided an ingredients list, nor are we often offered information specific to who made our garments. Clothing manufacturing can be a black box of information for most of us. This guide offers a set of simple guidelines to use when considering your next clothing purchase, and some deeper explanation about the fibers and dyes that compose most of what we wear. We do not cover in depth the more than 8,000 synthetic chemical compounds used in clothing manufacturing because we’d need a much longer book for that. This guide offers information that will help you quickly reduce impact with the clothing you already own as well as providing information that will help you create a healthier and friendly ‘fiber and dye diet’ going forward, as you refine your next set of clothing choices.

Kiss the Ground’s Free Middle School Curriculum that we developed in partnership with Life Lab is designed to introduce young people to the magic of soil and the fascinating connection it has to the food we eat, our health and our climate. The 5-lesson curriculum, written to serve as supplemental material for the Next Generation Science Standards, teaches about the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, soil science, various agricultural practices, and concludes with a regenerative soil-based project. Our aim is to have this curriculum in every US state and translated for global distribution. It’s free, help us get the word out!

  • An open source slide deck that connects the importance of soil health to business, identifies best practices and showcases private sector actions. The deck is usable by anyone to manipulate and adapt to fit your needs. Pull slides that are relevant to you and your audience, change colors to align with your brand, and share freely! Supporting information and statistics relevant to each slide are included in the notes sections for reference in discussions.
  • Supporting appendix slide deck with a bit more detail for those interested in digging in and a list of resources.
  • A compilation of soil health fact sheets from NRCSFAO as well as infographics.
  • Short animated videos that simplify the critical role soil health plays in agriculture and outline best practice solutions. Watch animated videos: Leaky System and Sources & Sinks.

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