12 Judith D Schwartz, what is possible with soil?
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Writer of Cows save the Planet and Water in Plain sight, examples from around the world on what is possible with soil.


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In this podcast I interviewed Judith D. Schwarz, a journalist whose recent work looks at soil as a hub for multiple environmental, economic and social challenges-and solutions. She wrote Cows Save the Planet and recently Water in Plain Sight. Both highly recommended when you want to learn more about what is possible with soil and agriculture. 

We discussed how she ended up looking at Soil and why she is so enthusiastic about nature's way of solving issues. 

  • How does natural systems work to manage a particular problem? (in this case heat or carbon
  • Plants are running the show
  • Plant life is cooling the planet
  • Plants manage water and by managing water they manage heat
  • We 'devegetated' about 25% of the planet with pavements, buildings, industrial agriculture and deforestation
  • Financial system doesn’t make any sense because we are rewarded for things that don’t create any wealth but from extraction (it only makes sense in the short term)
  • Most people don't know that we can restore large scale ecosystems

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