Soil Microscopy: zooming in on healthy soil

Sprouts in SoilThe Problem: Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes.  Estimates suggest that agriculture is responsible for one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Our Response: Farmers can and must be part of the solution to climate change.  With changes to farming, ranching and gardening practices, we can reverse the global trend of soil carbon losses and instead return atmospheric carbon back to the soil. Building soil carbon and soil health increases the profitability and climate resilience of farms by making soils more drought and erosion resistant while reducing input needs. And, it is a climate change mitigation strategy that simultaneously increases the security of our watersheds, ecosystems and food systems.   (Credit:

Zooming in on Soil Health