Mother Nature needs a hand. Part Three

So how do we use grass plants to capture carbon and store it at depth in the soil.

On all of the grass lands of the earth, including the ones that are now deserts there used to be very large herds of grazing animals that migrated over large areas. These animals did not linger in the same area for long periods of time for two reasons. Firstly the presents of pack hunting predators kept the herds moving and secondly, the lack of grass. Just a as a lawn mower reduces the amount standing grass on an unmowed lawn, so too a large herd of grazing animals will quickly reduce the bulk of grass in a given area of land. In natural circumstances, they then move off and will not return until the grass plants have recovered and regrown a large amount of fresh leaf. This period of time could be weeks, months or even years, depending on a host of factors.

Livestock production is dependent of the grass plants being able to produce large amounts of nutritious, digestible leaf material. As the grass plants grows more leaf, so too does it grow more root matter. When a grass plant that has reached full expression and it then grazed by a grazing animal, that eats most of the standing leaf material, the roots of the plants respond by releasing exudates in to the soil. These exudates are food for a lot of the micro fauna that live in the soil. It is this action of root production and exudation that puts carbon in to the soil. Crudely speaking if we want to reduce the amount of carbon in the air, we have to grow lots of grass plants grow, then use animals to graze and defoliate the same plants then let them grow again. And then keep repeating. It is a simple process, thought one that main stream science is seeming ignorant of or unwilling to acknowledge.

From the point of view of the farmer the by-product of all this grass is more animals and more animal products. Gee whiz, farmers lifting their productivity while improving the health of the planet and its soils.  Now there is a novel idea worth talking about.

There are many ways that humans can work with nature to produce the food and fibre needed to make everyday life more pleasant. And you can make a very healthy profit at the same time. We are delivering training programs in Queensland beginning in May 2015. For more information about how we can help you, drop by the web site or give us a call. At Landlife Education a positive choice for change, is just a choice away.