White House Affirms Importance of Healthy Soil for Addressing Climate Change

The White House acknowledged the importance of healthy soil as a means to reverse the effects of climate change in a press release issued late 2016.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, issued a press release announcing new steps to work towards the long-term health and sustainable use of one of America’s most important natural resources: its soil at the end of 2016.

OSTP also released a Federal framework for soil science, developed in collaboration with more than a dozen Federal agencies, with input from approximately 80 stakeholders from academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and the agricultural community in December 2016.

The press release highlighted the benefits of The Carbon Underground’s ongoing collaboration with Patagonia, specifically praising their partnership’s:

“[W]ork to restore soil health to 4 million acres of degraded agricultural land to ensure regenerative harvesting of organic cotton that also draws carbon down from the atmosphere to help reverse climate change. This effort will supplement their existing efforts regarding soil and climate change, including research on the Great Plains to demonstrate the impact of bison management on carbon drawdown, the production of educational materials on the relation between soil health and climate change, and the development of foods made from ingredients grown with regenerative agricultural practices.”

Read the entire press release here here.

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