School professionals around the country are growing the movement to bring healthy, climate-friendly food to cafeterias! Meet three Food Service Directors in California who are making climate-friendly, plant-based meals work in their school districts.
Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil.
This 60-minute documentary features innovative farmers and soil health experts from throughout the U.S. Accompanying lesson plans for college and high school students will can also be found on this site. “Living Soil” was directed by Chelsea Myers and Tiny Attic Productions based in Columbia, Missouri, and produced by the Soil Health Institute through the generous support of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
A special thanks to Dawn Bradley, Brian Berns, Keith Berns, Bill Buckner, Mimo Davis, Dan DeSutter, Miranda Duschak, James “Ooker” Eskridge, Barry Fisher, Liz Graznak, Steve Groff, Jerry Hatfield, Trey Hill, Larkin Martin, Bianca Moebius-Clune, Jesse Sanchez, Larry Thompson, John Wiebold, Kristen Veum, Kevin Mathein, Ben Harris, Tim Pilcher, Josh Wright, Haley Myers, Rob Myers and Josh Oxenhandler.
This session was videotaped at the SD Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) 2020 Soil Health Conference & Annual Meeting in Watertown, South Dakota. The conference was sponsored by many exhibitors and sponsors. This video recording was made possible through an agreement between the SDSHC and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, under agreement 68-6740-17-010.
Through this agreement the SDSHC and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service are delivering the latest soil health and productivity technology to South Dakota farmers and ranchers, through these local events held across the state.
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Join us for a conversation with regenerative organic agriculture expert Dr. Kris Nichols. We’ll be discussing Kiss the Ground and learning how, as Kris explains in the film, “The soil environment can hold more carbon than the atmosphere and plants living on the surface of the soil combined. We have an incredible ability to be able to store that carbon in the soil in a relatively short period of time.”
Dr. Kris Nichols is a leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy soil, crops, food, people and a planet. She is a Soil Microbiologist with over 25 years of research experience. Her laboratory research contributed to the understanding of glomalin – a substance produced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi that contributes to nutrient cycling, soil structure and plant health. Her field research, working with farmers on the farming practices that build soil health, has been featured in all of the most important books on regenerative agriculture, including John Kempf’s Quality Agriculture, Gabe Brown’s Dirt to Soil, David Montgomery’s Growing a Revolution, Kristin Ohlson’s The Soil Will Save Us and Judith Schwartz’s Cows Save the Planet.
9/11: An Architect’s Guide | Part 1 – World Trade Center 7
Course Number: AE911-AAG-OD1
Live three-part webinar series. Each part is about 1 1/2 hours long
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting research and providing education about the complete destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers, our courses provide the technical knowledge and analytical framework with which to evaluate the most likely cause of those building failures.
In Part 1 of “9/11: An Architect’s Guide,” Richard Gage, AIA, provides an overview of the most important evidence regarding the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7), a 47-story high-rise that was not struck by an airplane.
The damage WTC 7 suffered from the collapse of the North Tower was found to be inconsequential. It had fires that were similar to those that have occurred previously in high-rise buildings. Yet it fell symmetrically into its own footprint in the manner of a typical controlled demolition.
In 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded that WTC 7’s destruction was caused by normal office fires that burned “at temperatures hundreds of degrees below those typically considered in design practice for establishing structural fire resistance ratings.”
Is NIST’s explanation for this unprecedented structural failure valid? Decide for yourself after watching this informative one-hour presentation. Using the information presented, you will be able to evaluate which of the two hypotheses — fire-induced failure or controlled demolition — is more consistent with the evidence.
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of building fires and the aspects of high-rise design that contribute to make fire-induced failure in steel-framed high-rise buildings a rare occurrence.
2. Recognize the distinct features associated with fire-induced failure and the distinct features associated with the procedure of controlled demolition.
3. Describe step-by-step the series of structural failures that the National Institute of Standards and Technology found to be the most likely cause of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.
4. Analyze the physical evidence and dynamics of Building 7’s collapse according to how consistent they are with the competing hypotheses of fire-induced failure and controlled demolition.
Gluten sensitivity. Leaky gut. Digestive issues. Weakened immune system. Thyroid problems. Vaccine Injury. Cancer. These and other health problems can be caused or exacerbated by Monsanto (now Bayer)’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, the farm chemical we’re exposed to more than any other. Kim Elia teaches a 7-session course on detoxing from this toxic pesticide with his colleagues at Whole Health Now. In this interview, we’ll get a sampling of the information provided in the course, from the sordid history of these politically powerful pesticide companies, to the impact of glyphosate on the body, to how heal from pesticide poisoning.
Income and wealth are now more concentrated at the top than at any time over the last 80 years, and our unjust tax system is a big reason why. The tax code is rigged for the rich, enabling a handful of wealthy individuals to exert undue influence over our economy and democracy.
Conservatives fret about budget deficits. Well, then, to pay for what the nation needs — ending poverty, universal health care, infrastructure, reversing climate change, investing in communities, and so much more — the super-wealthy have to pay their fair share.
Together, these seven ways of taxing the rich would generate more than $6 trillion over 10 years — enough to tackle the great needs of the nation. As inequality has exploded, our unjust tax system has allowed the richest Americans to hoard wealth, at the expense of the rest of us.
It’s not radical to rein in this irresponsibility. It’s radical to let it continue.
Radio-Canada’s Enquete has discovered a secret plan to bury foreign nuclear waste in Labrador. The proposal was made by a group of Canadian, American and Japanese businesspeople and a series of emails reveal former prime minister Jean Chrétien played a key role.
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