Rattan Lal’s work, you could say, is very fertile. The CFAES scientist, who’s a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, was recently profiled as one of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers. “For nearly four decades,” says the story by Sarah Tanksalvala, “Lal has been a leader in addressing soil as a key aspect of the biggest issues facing our planet today.” Read the story.
Increasing organic matters levels in the soil, through farming practices such as growing cover crops, not only benefits the soil and food crops but sequesters carbon and retains moisture. So said CFAES scientist Rattan Lal in a June 6 story by the Water Deeply media project, which is covering California’s drought. Sequestering carbon helps fight climate change; retaining moisture helps against drought. Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “The health of the soil, plants, animals, people and ecosystems,” he said at the end of the story, “are interdependent, interconnected and indivisible.”
On July 9, Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale near Cincinnati hosts the next stop in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. It’s a two-part event: There’s a Biochar Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a Historic Farm Tour from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The farm dates back to 1835. Biochar is a type of charcoal that can boost soil health and plant growth and help sequester carbon. The tour is free but you have to sign up in advance; participation is limited to 40 people. The workshop is $15, also is limited to 40 people and also requires pre-registration. Get details here on pp. 9-10.
CFAES scientist Rattan Lal, an Ohio State Distinguished University Professor and a world expert on soil management and carbon sequestration, was quoted in a recent ThinkProgress story by Natasha Geiling called “The ‘Unfolding Global Disaster’ Happening Right Under Our Feet,” about how soil loss is hurting both food production and the climate. Check it out. The quote in fact came from a previous story Geiling wrote for ThinkProgress called “Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic?” That one’s here. The answer seemingly was yes, and hopefully will still be yes going forward, based on such stories as this, this and this. Lal explains carbon sequestration’s big benefits in a video here.
“As the climate talks in Paris draw to a close, climate activists have taken note: Soil restoration is our ally in the fight against global warming.” So wrote Seth Itzkan and Karl Thidemann, co-founders of an effort called Soil4Climate, in “Dispatch From COP21: The Convenient Truth About Soil,” a Dec. 11 essay on a web page by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. Read it here. CFAES scientist Rattan Lal, a world expert on soil restoration, carbon sequestration and climate change, is mentioned in the essay. He explains what carbon sequestration is in a video featured in a post last week.
What is carbon sequestration? And how can it fight climate change and help farmers grow more food? In the video above, shot at May’s Save Our Soils seminar in Sweden and posted by The Organic Stream, CFAES’s Rattan Lal, a world expert on such matters, explains. Why it matters: At this week’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, world leaders for the first time have “made the capture of carbon in soil a formal part of the global response to the climate crisis,” said an NPR blog post. Lal heads CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, which is mentioned in the post.
A Civil Eats article called “Sam Kass Wants to Put the Climate on the Menu Before It’s Too Late” mentions CFAES scientist Rattan Lal (scroll down). Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Kass is the former assistant White House chef and former executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. The article mentions Lal’s soil carbon sequestration work with French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll, who spoke last spring at Ohio State. “Capturing carbon in soil,” the Center for Food Safety’s Diana Donlon says in the article, “is the ‘low hanging fruit’ in the effort to mitigate climate change.”
“If you take away only one thing from this article, I want it to be this quote from esteemed soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal at Ohio State University,” John W. Roulac writes in “The solution under our feet: How regenerative organic agriculture can save the planet,” a Care2 story reposted from Ecowatch.
The quote? “A mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils,” says CFAES’s Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, “could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere.”