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A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security
Eric Toensmeier, 2015, 481 pp

Restoring carbon into the soil, where it belongs, and out of the atmosphere, where it is causing havoc, is one of the few win-win solutions to global (as well as local) problems and is the underlying theme of this book…   The organization of this book will please all readers with a short but much needed introduction and introductory chapters on the basics of climate change and agriculture production systems, flowed by practical examples, e.g., the “evidence,” and closing with an implementation roadmap. The described agricultural system examples are universal: one can draw the basic principles and adapt them to any part of the world.” – from the Foreword. 

 “Two-hundred-plus-billion tons is a lot to draw back down, but the good news is that agriculture can shift from being a contributor to climate change to a major part of the solution. Soil carbon that has been lost due to land clearing and poor farming practices can be recaptured and held in the soil for a long time. By changing the way we farm, we can reduce emissions, sequester carbon, and be part of adapting to the new less stable world climate change brings us. The remainder of this book lays out these carbon farming solutions.”  --  From Climate Realities  

“Agriculture is currently a major net producer of greenhouse gases with little prospect of improvement unless things change markedly. In The Carbon Farming Solution, Eric Toensmeier puts carbon sequestration at the forefront and how agriculture can be a net absorber of carbon. Improved forms of annual-based agriculture can help to a degree, however, to maximize carbon sequestration, it is perennial crops we must look at, whether it be perennial grains, other perennial staples, or agro-forestry systems incorporating trees and other crops. In this impressive book, backed up with numerous tables and references, the author has assembled a toolkit that will be of great use to anybody involved in agriculture whether in the tropics or colder northern regions. For me the highlights are the chapters covering perennial crop species organized by use – staple crops, protein crops, oil crops, industrial crops, etc. – with some seven hundred species described. There are crops here for all climate types, with good information on cultivation and yields, so that wherever you are, you will be able to find suitable recommended perennial crops. This is an excellent book that gives great hope without being naïve and makes a clear reasonable argument for a more perennial-based agriculture to both feed people and take carbon out of the air.” -  Martin Crawford, director, The Agro-forestry Research Trust, author of Creating a Forest Garden and Trees for Gardens, Orchards, and Permaculture. Both of Martin’s books are compendiums of useful plants, especially trees and shrubs, with a more temperate outlook.  

“Encina is an edible-acorn oak that has fed humans and livestock, especially hogs but also sheep and cattle, for millennia. At some point “sweet” selections were made from the bitter ancestor, and the process of domestication began…  Uses: Acorns of Q. ilex ssp. Ballota are virtually free of bitterness and can be eaten out of hand like almonds. They can also be eaten as nuts, ground for flour, and pressed for oil. Today their primary use is in feeding livestock, particularly pigs. The processed meat from such hogs is called jamon iberico and is one of the world’s most highly prized meats. Encina trees are also used for firewood, construction timber, charcoal, and tannins.” – from Perennial Staple Crops: Balanced Carbohydrate Crops         

Encina is a good example of an excellent edible crop that would grow well here in N California, that I had never heard of before reading this book (Cornucopia had listed this long ago but it never stood out) . This book is a truly impressive compendium of useful crops,  and even if only a fraction of this applies to you, it still is a good list.  Ship Wt = 60 oz.

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