Just when you began to realize that global warming was a scam, we have a new environmental crisis — disappearing dirt. Here’s a few hysterics from Tom Paulson of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in his article, The lowdown on dirt: It’s disappearing:
The lowdown on dirt: It’s disappearing
Disappearing dirt rivals global warming as an environmental threat
The planet is getting skinned.
While many worry about the potential consequences of atmospheric warming, a few experts are trying to call attention to another global crisis quietly taking place under our feet.
“We’re losing more and more of it every day,” said David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington. “The estimate is that we are now losing about 1 percent of our topsoil every year to erosion, most of this caused by agriculture.”
Montgomery has written a popular book, “Dirt,” to call public attention to what he believes is a neglected environmental catastrophe. A geomorphologist who studies how landscapes form, Montgomery describes modern agricultural practices as “soil mining” to emphasize that we are rapidly outstripping the Earth’s natural rate of restoring topsoil.
Here’s another article by — you guessed it — Tom Paulson of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Eat local food for dirt’s sake.
That might be the simplest way to describe a guiding principle of Shepherd’s Grain, a small, commercial cooperative launched by Pacific Northwest farmers hoping to market their wheat flour grown using “no-till” agricultural methods.
“The single most important factor in sustainable farming today is preventing soil erosion and maintaining healthy soil,” said Karl Kupers, one of the founders of Shepherd’s Grain.
“We want our farming methods to be sustainable, but we have to make this sustainable as a business also,” Kupers said. “You can hug and kiss and talk about sustainability all you like, but this still has to pay the bills.”
NASA’s even getting on the act with The Case of the Disappearing Dirt.
I need to get in on this latest scam quick so I can make some money.