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Eat Whole to Reverse Climate Change
When I first started eating and writing about whole food I was motivated by how it improved the health of my body, I liked the way it tastes, and I liked the connection with Nature of eating local and seasonal.
But it turns out there is a much bigger benefit to eating whole—it’s the most important thing to do to reverse global warming.
The other night Larry and I just randomly came across a video on Netflix called Kiss the Ground. And we were stunned. This documentary contains the actual solution for global warming. Watch the two-and-a-half minute video above to learn how Nature has the solution to global warming. I’ll tell you in the next paragraph, but watch the trailer to get the visuals.
Now here is the thing we all need to know that we don’t get taught in school and isn’t in the news. And even Larry and I didn’t know this.
It turns out that plants have a very important job in nature. Years ago I learned that plants require CO2 to live, just like we humans require O2 (oxygen) and was charmed one day visualizing that I was exhaling the very stuff that trees needed to live and they were exhaling the very stuff I needed to live. And I could just see this exchange going on between me and the trees, keeping each other alive with our “waste” exhalations. That which we no longer needed was vital to another species. and vice versa.
But there is more to it. Plants of all types actually collect carbon and sequester it in soil. This is going on naturally, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, continuously.
The problem is that our industrial lifestyle overwhelms this natural cycle. What we are doing is producing too much carbon, and also decreasing the amount of plant cover that would draw down the oxygen and put it in the soil.
So we need less carbon production and more plants.
What does this have to do with food?
First, the industrial method of plowing and tilling breaks up the soil in a way that damages the soil. Over time, we end up with dead dirt instead of living soil. And dead dirt just becomes a dust bowl, like what happened in the 1930’s.
What we need is what is known as regenerative agriculture, that rebuilds the soil and agricultural ecosystems, creating living soil that will draw down and sequester carbon.
It has been estimated that living soil will be able to draw down even more carbon than we produce, reducing the “legacy carbon” that has been accumulating in the atmosphere since the beginning of industrialization in the mid 1700s.
How Knowing About Carbon Sequestering in the Soil is Changing How We Eat
Larry and I have already taken many steps in this direction.
We already base our diet around whole, organic, seasonal, and local foods.
But there is more we are about to do.
1. Eliminate industrial food as much as possible, to a new level. As much as we eat whole-organic-seasonal-local, there are times when we don’t. We still eat some non-organic food grown by industrial farming, particularly when we are out or tired. It takes discipline to prepare all your food whole. After seeing how damaging industrial food production damages the soil so it cannot perform it’s natural function of carbon sequestering, we’ve decided to take our eating to a new level of eliminating industrial food. We now want to eliminate industrial food entirely, instead of “move in the direction of eliminating industrial food.”
2. Learn more about regenerative agriculture. We know a lot about organic agriculture, but regenerative agriculture is new to us. We need to learn the basic principles and what questions to ask suppliers. We need to find our local suppliers and start supporting them by purchasing their food.
3. Support and ask for labeling that identifies food grown with regenerative agriculture.
3. Tell other about how regenerative agriculture can eliminate global warming. We all need to do this together.
4. Eliminate industrial agriculture. This is a big one. We feel committed to this. The US government is subsidizing industrial agriculture while at the same time creating a climate change plan to get every America a new electric car.
The #1 thing we need to do to reverse climate change is to cover every bare inch of dirt with plants of all kinds and at the same time completely stop any practices that destroy living soil. Then anything else, but this is the foundation action that needs to be taken.
In addition, regenerative agriculture has the potential to replenish our vast water supplies and feed the world.
This is something we all can do to make a positive contribution to Nature rather than continue to destroy Life with industrial agriculture.
What To Do Next
We highly recommend that you watch the entire documentary film Kiss the Ground on Netflix.
And go to https://kisstheground.com for lots more information.
Download their extensive purchasing guide that explains the basics, then tells you exactly what to look for when choosing foods and what questions to ask. Be sure to save it as a download.There are many videos embedded so you will want to have online access to this guide to get the most out of it.
Then continue to watch this space for ongoing information on how to leave industrial food in the past and prepare delicious whole foods that are good both for our bodies and the Earth.
This is a whole new layer of information about food production to learn and look for, but we can do it. We all learned about organic, we can learn this too.
We’re going to be going through the entire purchasing guide and see how realistic it actually is where we live. We will report on our progress in this blog, step-by-step.
Read more about what you can do to help with carbon draw down at: