Category Archives: Soil

Montgomery in “Dirt: the erosion of civilizations” estimates topsoil depletion is usually one of the main causes of collapse. In the past this took on average 1500 years, but industrial farming is depleting soil in centuries: Iowa topsoil has gone down by half in just 100 years.

Plant more prairies to save topsoil and prevent pollution runoff

[ A program to plant more prairies to enrich the soil, keep topsoil from blowing and washing away, and provide a bio-diverse habitat for hundreds of species is receiving little funding or farmer participation, even though it would save farmers … Continue reading

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Sand mines used to frack oil & gas are destroying the best topsoil in the Midwest

Nancy C. Loem. May 23, 2016. The sand mines that ruin farmland.  New York Times. Chicago — While the shale gas industry has been depressed in recent years by low oil and gas prices, analysts are predicting that it will … Continue reading

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Benefits of promoting soil health in agriculture U.S. House hearing 2014

                    [ At last, 10 years after I first published “Peak soil: Why biofuels destroy ecosystems and civilizations“, Congress had a hearing that educated house members on why preserving topsoil is … Continue reading

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Former President Bill Clinton on Peak Oil, Peak Soil, and other depleting resources

Former President Bill Clinton. May 4, 2007. The Looming Crisis; Can We Act in Time? Harvard Kennedy School. Excerpts from Keynote Address by Former President William Jefferson Clinton Kennedy School Spring Conference – Cambridge, MA I think it is highly … Continue reading

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Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years

Milman, O. December 2, 2015. Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say. The Guardian. The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 … Continue reading

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Peak soil: Why biofuels destroy ecosystems and civilizations

Alice Friedemann. 2007. Peak Soil.   Last updated: April 29, 2017 [ Formerly titled: Why Biofuels are Not Sustainable and a Threat to America’s National Security.  Shorter versions appear in the following books: Jacqueline Langwith, ed. 2008.  “Opposing Viewpoints: Renewable Energy, … Continue reading

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Climate change impacts on agriculture in the U.S.

[ I’ve added a senate hearing from 2013 on drought, fire, and freeze effects on agriculture below.   Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation, 2015, Springer] Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., … Continue reading

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Peak soil, peak phosphate, peak fertilizer means Peak Food

Amundson, R., et al. May 7, 2015. Soil and human security in the 21st century. Science 348. A group of leading soil scientists has summarized the precarious state of the world’s soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security … Continue reading

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Writing on the wall for prime farmland. Years of irrigation have taken toll on San Joaquin Valley.

Carolyn Lochhead. March 24, 2014. Writing on the wall for prime farmland. Years of irrigation have taken toll on San Joaquin Valley. San Francisco Chronicle. Decades of irrigation have leached salts and toxic minerals from the soil [in the San … Continue reading

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‘The oil we eat’. Following the food chain back to iraq

[I’ve reduced and paraphrased the article ] Richard Manning.   May 23, 2004. ‘The Oil We Eat’. Following the Food Chain back to Iraq. Harpers. The journalist’s rule says: follow the money.. but money.. is really a way of tracking … Continue reading

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