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Soil Carbon Cowboys – Case Studies in Holistic Management (video)

Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis — heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth, rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.

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Rhamis Kent

Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. '95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design. He has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project.

6 Comments

  1. Would be interested to see how the drinking water supply is provisioned? And do the cattle go elsewhere in the winter?

  2. It’s so very exciting to see videos like this! I wish EVERY farmer could see these and talk to the farmers who have changed over. Monsanto and their ilch would have to change their business model for sure.

  3. Unless you have solid evidence on the carbon sequestration in the soil being continual (not just for the first 5-8 years as per Rodale Institute White paper) then you have a real problem offsetting the enteric fermentation from ruminant livestock. Certainly this produces better fodder but you need to consider the total environmental impact and methane is 84x as potent a GHG as CO2 on a per molecule basis — so that means there is a need to continuously sequester a lot of carbon in the soil to be even carbon neutral let alone sequestering like we need agriculture to do to get to negative net emissions in a decade.

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