It’s all about nature feeding the soil, right?
For those of you who have read this chapter, let’s talk about Joel’s list of 5 things that could be done.
1. A national commitment to quit landfilling any biomass. If it will decompose, it should not go in a landfill. It should rot where it can be returned to the soil.
2. All manure must be leveraged to greatest advantage. Quit burning it for electricity. Quit putting it in lagoons.
3. Crank up the chippers (see Leanna’s post yesterday) and begin converting diseased, crooked, and junk trees and other biomass into compostable pieces. Begin systematically growing and harvesting biomass interstate medians, along expressway ramps, and other public right-of-way.
4. Quit feeding herbivores grain. Period. That alone would so fundamentally change fertility cycles that we can’t imagine all the perennial prairie polycultures managed with electric fence instead of lightning and predators. Poop would fall on biomass in real time, without any energy required for transportation.
5. Begin dismantling water-based human sewage and move to methane digestors, composting, and red wriggler decomposition.