'The Soil Will Save Us'

Apr 4, 2014

  Plowing, using pesticides and fertilizers and other common agricultural practices actually contribute to global warming. But adopting alternative practices could reverse that, as a growing number of small farmers are already demonstrating.

  Industrial agriculture has dominated the industry for years now, but with a far higher carbon footprint than traditional methods. But reporter Kristin Ohlson says small farmers who are reverting to those historic practices are finding them profitable as well as green.

In her home state of Oregon, Ohlson reports, the USDA is testing an incentive program for farmers who switch to “no-till” methods, which earns them carbon credits in two ways.

Kristin Ohlson will talk about her book at Copperfields in Sebastopol, on Tuesday evening, April 8 at 7 pm.