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Humic Carbon to Fix Food, Climate and Health

Version 1 : Received: 8 April 2019 / Approved: 9 April 2019 / Online: 9 April 2019 (12:28:54 CEST)

How to cite: Blakemore, R. Humic Carbon to Fix Food, Climate and Health. Preprints 2019, 2019040109. Blakemore, R. Humic Carbon to Fix Food, Climate and Health. Preprints 2019, 2019040109.


Shutdown for just six days enables land plants to entirely fix CO2 excess of +4 Gt C per yr. Rebuilding soil organic carbon (SOC) in worm-worked humus is the only practical carbon capture and storage (CCS) capable of freely offsetting annual anthropogenic emissions. A case is made to redirect all available resources towards proven, earthworm-based, organic husbandry. Priority is to safely combat mounting global threats due to irreversible species extinction, perilous climate change and deteriorating human wellbeing (mental/physical health). All three interlinked risks are underpinned by a relentless, yet largely ignored, critical loss of precious topsoil. A first step to topsoil recovery is vermi-composting all vegetable and animal ‘wastes’ for return to the field.

Supplementary and Associated Material


soil organic carbon sequestration, climate, organic agriculture, cancer, earthworm, fire


Environmental and Earth Sciences, Soil Science

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