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California is Turning Farms into Carbon-sucking Factories

California is Turning Farms into Carbon-sucking Factories

For years people have excitedly discussed the possibility of stashing carbon in the soil while growing food. Now, for the first time, California is using cap-and-trade money to pay farmers to do it on a large scale. It’s called the California Healthy Soils Initiative.

Read about it here: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-05-16/california-is-turning-farms-into-carbon-sucking-factories/

Are we falling even further behind other states? Could this work in Massachusetts? Probably yes, though we might need to use (perish the thought) ‘Humanure’ instead of livestock manure! Double win – let’s put those wasted human nutrients to work!

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.

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