The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems

The Microbial Economy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

May 06, 2022 Mary Lucero Season 1 Episode 12
The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems
The Microbial Economy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
Show Notes

Time Stamps

0:10 What is a microbial economy and how does it mitigate greenhouse gasses?
1:09 Environmental homeostasis has gone wonkers, giving rise to climate anxiety.
1:45 Actions that promote healthy microbial communities can restore environmental homeostasis.
2:00 Primitive microbes diversified over half a million years to produce the first photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Plants came about 2 billion years later.
4:45 Three points about microbial life on earth.
6:10 Why aren’t microbes today doing more to mitigate climate change?
6:58 Our antibiotic mindset is anti-life.
8:02  Managing agricultural systems without regard to effects on microbial life comes with hidden costs.
9:12  Carbon economies may soon pay growers to manage land in “climate-smart” ways that promote microbial growth.

Environmental Problems that Affect Homeostasis offers a simple and basic introduction to homeostasis, and suggest how homeostasis might be influenced by environmental factors.
The Emergence of Environmental Homeostasis in Complex Ecosystems Authors of this study find that "...the stability of this system will typically increase then remain constant with an increase in biological diversity...
Using microbial community interactions within plant microbiomes to advance an evergreen agricultural revolution.  This book chapter details the importance of microbes in climate change mitigation and food system restoration.

The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems Podcast Introduction by David Lucero.
Theme music by Zakhar Valaha 

This version was updated in summer, 2023, when we decided to remove the website reference.  The only change was to remove the word cornerstones from the website reference. 

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