Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:53

This excellent textbook by Didi Pershouse is currently available as a 2017 reviewer's edition from the author's Web site. Once the book is published, it should be available at www.soilcarboncoalition.org/learn . In addition to theoretical lessons and discussion starters, it contains detailed instructions for hands-on demonstrations of soil water capacity (illustrated by a slice of bread vs.

Bringing Back the Soil with Elaine Ingham

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 11:40

This PDF contains the slides from a webinar by Dr. Ingham. It details the history of agricultural soil mis/management, why we need to respect the soil food web, and how we can solve soil problems with appropriate compost and compost tea. It includes a case study of Governors Island, NY and ends with a sales pitch for Ingham's classes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RXO4ZbNcNyOi8xG_lvM1T3wNte7-eaKV/view

Right Under Your Feet: Soil Health and the Climate Crisis

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 16:00

This 18 page PDF from the Climate Reality Project is another great explanation of why soil ecology is important and how to foster it, at home, on the farm, and in government incentives.

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/sites/climaterealityproject.org/files/Soil Health and Climate Change.pdf

Weeds: Guardians of the Soil

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Wed, 03/11/2020 - 12:27

This book from 1950, now handily available in PDF form, shows that even as post-WWII, industrial chemical agriculture was pushing the doctrine of monocultures and herbicides there were people saying the opposite, that weeds are necessary to soil and plant health.

Weeds: Guardians of the Soil by Joseph A. Cocannouer

Glyphosate and gluten intolerance

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 17:37

This article from the December 2013 issue of Interdisciplinary Toxicology and archived by the National Institutes of Health makes the case that glyphosate herbicide applied to wheat could be the cause of the rise in celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, and intestinal infection. The mechanism is "leaky gut syndrome" combined with an imbalance of gut bacteria and enzyme depletion. The authors go on to suggest that glyphosate may be causing a variety of other disorders as well.

Plants feed mycorrhizae lipids as well as carbs

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:51

This article is from 2017 but deserves reading: for years we had been told that plants only fed simple carbohydrates -- what Dr. Elaine Ingham likes to call "cakes and cookies" -- to their symbiotic fungi, but it turns out that the mycorrhizae actually alter the plant's biochemistry so that the plant feeds them fatty acids as well. So put some cream cheese frosting on those cakes and cookies!