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CHEMICAL REACTION: CEREAL OFFENDER TO AMBASSADORS FOR SOIL

Sailean Croft, Lismore, in Loch Linnhe, at full tide in July. Photograph by Roger Dixon-Spain   How did I come to be on an island off mainland Scotland? Easy. After so much travel soil searching I needed to know what was happening in the UK. For the most part I had travelled in brittle rain deprived areas, from the bush in Zimbabwe, to the soil denuded desert in the NW Territory in Australia, to the green but not lush Oregon. In Patagonia I was buffeted by wind. Travelling from the tip of the South to central Patagonia, desertifying soil, for mile upon mile, got worse. It was created by historical overgrazing but taken to extremes by a three year drought.  I saw how planned

A cowboy’s story of personal growth: acknowledging emotions as a force for change.

So as I near the end of the first phase of my journey looking at grasslands, the focus moves from the soil to people. I set off on this mission to find out how we can rebalance our carbon output, not just cutting it, but also by holding carbon in the soil. That needs people to manage animals, moving them appropriately to allow forage regrowth, ground cover and water retention, and providing mulch and nutrients to feed the soil. Hidden Treasure I walked with herders and their cattle and saw them heal the land in Zimbabwe. I saw pigs and chickens do the same in South Africa. I saw sheep and cattle farmers move into financial prosperity in Australia, when others