Water

Just skimmed the President’s Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

Boo!!! Not a single mention of agriculture, biodiversity, or the messed up nitrogen/phosphorus cycles. We mostly see this obsession with the carbon cycle and the insane idea that if we reduce emissions we can avoid catastrophic climate change (to be fair water gets a good amount of attention too, but the thinking around it is still all wrong). If we radically changed our agricultural system we could, dare I say, easily sequester enough carbon to get us to pre-1990 levels, while staving off mass extinction, and bringing all the nutrient cycles back into alignment. If Big Oil got their heads out of their asses (or rather their mile deep geologic CO2 injection wells) long enough to realize this and get behind it, they could give themselves a few more decades of pumping without the public hating their guts.

See Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm, and Grant Shultz’s Versaland Farm for examples of how we should be doing agriculture. We need to slow, spread, and sink water on a watershed scale. We need to let animals out of the factories and graze them over the land in dense packs rotating them through smaller pastures for shorter periods of time.

Here’s a link to the Executive Order

I really hope this becomes a thing

I toured AACT’s pilot project at Stoltz lumber in Kalispell, MT last January. Still one of my favorite new companies, and not just because they were started in my hometown.

AACT: Super Smart Integrated Biosystems

A short video about Algae Aqua-Culture Technologies, based in my hometown the Flathead Valley of Montana

Algae + sunlight + any waste woody materials (leftovers from a lumber mill, agricultural harvest remainders, forest damage, invasive species to name a few)

=

– 4 different kinds of fuel (can be turned into enough electricity to power 100 homes)

– Reclaim hundreds of gallons of water each day from the wood

– Produce 2 tons of organic fertilizing soil amendment each week, which adds not only the nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate plants need, but also returns carbon, minerals, and micronutrients to the soil

– can capture waste CO2 emissions from an industrial smoke stack and feed it to the algae

– Has a half acre of vertical farming space so you can grow food all year round in virtually any climate

– 6 green power houses (less than 1 acre and ~60,000 sq. ft.) could power an entire mill site or light industrial plant, eliminating the need for a furnace and smokestack system

– 1 green power house payback period: 5 years

– 6 green power houses payback period: 2 years