By Cat Kutz, Smithsonian Magazine
Peter Byck is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation. He is currently helping to lead a $6.3 million research project focused on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing; collaborating with 20 scientists and 10 farmers, focused on soil health and soil carbon storage; microbial, bug and bird biodiversity; water cycling and much more. Byck has currently completed carbon cowboys, a feature-length documentary (in ten parts) focused on regenerative grazing: www.carboncowboys.org and is in production on a long-form documentary on the AMP grazing research project.
The trailer for carbon cowboys premiered during the 2020 Earth Optimism Digital Summit during which Byck also shared a bit more about the film as a speaker for a ‘Telling the Story’ session. Ahead of the premiere of carbon cowboys, Earth Optimism Communications lead Cat Kutz chatted with him to learn more about the regenerative farming the film highlights and how it can shift the way we think about food, climate and the future of farming. Continue reading here.
Links to Additional Information
- More About Peter Byck
- Who Are Carbon Cowboys?
- Carbon Cowboys is the second feature-length documentary produced by Carbon Nation: About Carbon Nation
- RegeNErate Nebraska
- Regenerative Resource Guide
These farmers and ranchers, tribes, urban farmers, supporting businesses, organizations, food consumers, and communities are the starting place for you to develop your personal regenerative community.
- Healthy Soils Task Force – Nebraska Department of Agriculture
- Natural Resources Conservation Service-Nebraska
- Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
LB 243 to create a Healthy Soils Task Force, was passed by the Nebraska Legislature on April 11, 2019 by a vote of 43 to 0 and signed by Governor Ricketts on April 18th.
National / International Resources
- Soil Health Institute
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
- The “4 Per 1000” Initiative
- Rodale Institute
- Climate Collaborative
Previously Posted Articles
- Four decades of no-till study proves nature knows best, Lincoln Journal Star
- USDA Announces Awards to Put Conservation Innovation to Work on U.S. Farms, USDA News Release
- 2019 On-Farm Trials Award Recipients Include Nebraska
- Farm practices could be a way to reduce impact of heavy rains, UNL researcher says, Omaha World-Herald.
- Soil task force sets foundation for future operations, AgUpdate
- Soil matters more than you think, by Shauna Sadowski, GreenBiz
- How regenerative land and livestock management practices can sequester carbon, by Shauna Sadowski, GreenBiz
- Startups aim to pay farmers to bury carbon pollution in soil, Yale Climate Connections
Roughly 20% of annual emissions could be captured by agricultural lands, according to one expert.
- From sustainable to regenerative: bold business moves to transform the agriculture system, by Forum for the Future contributors Sandra Seru and Lesley Mitchell, GreenBiz
Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal, by Ronnie Cummins, Chelsea Green Publishing
Grassroots Rising offers a blueprint for building a grassroots Regeneration Movement based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance—embodied most recently by the proposed Green New Deal in the US.
Using regenerative agriculture practices that restore our agricultural and grazing lands, we can sequester massive amounts of carbon in the soil. Coupled with an aggressive transition toward renewables, Cummins argues that we have the power to not only mitigate and slow down climate change, but actually reverse global warming.
Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism, Fast Company Press
In his twentieth book, John Elkington–dubbed the “Godfather of Sustainability”–explores new forms of capitalism fit for the twenty-first century. If Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s “Black Swans” are problems that take us exponentially toward breakdown, then “Green Swans” are solutions that take us exponentially toward breakthrough. The success–and survival–of humanity now depends on how we rein in the first and accelerate the second.
Green Swans draws on Elkington’s first-hand experience in some of the world’s best-known boardrooms and C-suites. Using case studies, real-world examples, and profiles on emergent technologies, Elkington shows how the weirdest “Ugly Ducklings” of today’s world may turn into tomorrow’s world-saving Green Swans. – Amazon