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Allan Yeomans’ main concern for the last almost 30 years has been the prevention of global warming and the halting of climate change. He sees this as the most important and significant and most urgent problem facing humanity this century. He argues that without using his concept of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by incorporating it into enhancing the fertility of the world’s agricultural soils, the warming becomes utterly irreversible. And he believes that chaotic destabilization of the Earth’s biosphere will most likely last a thousand years.
“The Agricultural Solution To The Greenhouse Effect” (swipe the title, including the inverted comers and Google it). That will take you to an actual photo copy of the original paper that started the world’s interest in what we now call “soil carbon sequestration”. This paper was his presentation to a three day Esalen Congress on Sustainable Agriculture in January 1990. The congress comprised the then most significant leaders in sustainable agriculture in the United States. Allan Yeomans was the only non-American invited.
By way of interest; several in the group considered who probably should have been invited and were inadvertently overlooked. There were only three names suggested. It was therefore a very significant and highly respected group of people. Over the following years and decades almost all the attendees at that “think tank” subsequently indorses his concept.
These were the attendees—
Steve Beck, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.
Eliot Coleman, Working Land Fund, Vershire, Vermont.
Terry Gips, International .Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture .(now Alliance for Sustainability) Minneapolis, MN.
Steve Gliessman, UCSC Agroecology Program, Santa Cruz, CA.
Diane Goodman, Board of the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture San Francisco Ca.(now Ecological Farming Association )
Wes Jackson, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas.
Ron Kroese, Land Stewardship Project, Marine, Minnesota.
Bill Leibhart, UC Davis. Ca. Sustainable Agriculture Research Program.
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Inst., Snowmass, Colorado.
Patrick Madden, Madden Associates, Glendale, CA.
Kevin Martin, National .Organic Growers Week, Coor., San Francisco, CA.
Jane Mulder, Editor, Organic Food Matters, Colfax, CA.
Richard Nilsen, Whole Earth Review, Sausalito, CA.
Conn Nugent, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY.
Steve Pavich, Pavich Family Farms, Delano, CA
Molly Penberth, Board President. Committee for Sustainable Agriculture Sacramento, CA.(now Ecological Farming Association )
John Reganold, Washington. State U. Dept of Agronomy. Pullman WA
Bob Rodale, Rodale Institute, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
Kaye Thornely, Molino Farm, Davenport, CA Previous President Committee for Sustainable Agriculture
James S. Turner, Healthy Harvest, Washington, DC
Otis Wollam, Committee for Sustainable Agriculture , Colfax, CA.
Allan J. Yeomans, Keyline Agricultural Consultants, Forbes, Australia
It seems that almost without exception every organization represented at that Esalen Congress subsequently supported Allan Yeomans’ concept of combating global warming by the enhancement of the fertility of the worlds agricultural soils.
“From little acorns grow–“
Global Policy is an innovative and interdisciplinary journal bringing together world class academics and leading practitioners to analyse both public and private solutions to global problems and issues. For more information on the Journal Google “Global Policy”. The Journal recently described Australia’s respected status on soil carbon and its relation to France’s 4 per 1000 Initiative; Australia being the country where the concept originated.
The journal stated —
“Australia is currently leads the world in this space, being one of the few countries to have a national regulatory regime recognizing soil carbon sequestration as a source of greenhouse gas abatement. This system, legislated in 2011 under the Carbon Farming Initiative, and now being implemented by the Government’s Emission Reduction Fund allows farmers and land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land. Australia also has supply chain capacity to deliver soil carbon abatement from farm to the market – soil carbon is already being sequestered by farmers and sold as offsets. The success of this system has much to offer in understanding the achievability of this aspirational target set by France.”
France’s innovative “4 pour 1000 Initiative”—was officially launched Dec.1 2015 during the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris. More than 100 nations, non-profits and NGOs have signed on as giving their official support to the program. Included were 29 individual countries.
The “4 pour 1000 Initiative” is based entirely on the concept of sequestering carbon into soil.
The French “4 pour 1000 Initiative” means a 0.4% increase in the percentage of carbon in the world’s agricultural soils: in English it would be expressed as a “0.4%” increase. It also equates to approximately a 0.7% increase in the organic matter content of those soils.
What is missing from this hugely commendable French proposal, and likewise the Australian greenhouse gas abatement plan is how increases in soil carbon can be measured; and how much farmers should be paid; and where the money is to come from to pay for their crucial contribution in terminating Climate Change. Fortunately the answers are no longer missing
To measure a farmer’s success – go to Red Button 1
Money to pay to get it out go to Red Button 12
Financial structuring to keep it out go to Red Button 13
Allan’s wife Chris Yeomans OAM comments: Allan Yeomans is the author of PRIORITY ONE Together We Can Beat Global Warming. This 500,000 word hard cover publication, I have often heard referred to as one of the most authoritative and comprehensive and insightful works on the subject of global warming and climate change. It’s said by many to cover in considerable detail the strategies used by the fossil fuel industries to preserve their supremacy in the supply of power to human civilization.
He describes the creation of the world’s anti-nuclear energy movement. It discusses the various forms of nuclear power generation and even the creation, around one and a half billion years ago of hundreds of almost serendipitously formed stable and self regulating nuclear reactors (which I don’t entirely follow).
Apparently the discovery by French nuclear scientists of natural occurring depleted uranium triggered the discovery of these strange natural reactors.
Allan is also the inventor and the author of Locution Therapy, a self managed form of psychoanalysis. His late and elder brother Neville was a medical doctor and highly respected professional psychiatrist. The brothers were always friends but I know, did seem to differ considerably on their forms of psychoanalytical treatment.
In the late 1950s he and a school friend produced and marketed their “Banana Chair” which became a household item throughout Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.
He and a couple of other school friends built the first ever multistorey steel/concrete home-unit block built in Australia. It’s at Double Bay in Sydney. It’s called Colebrook It’s eighteen stories high and has one hundred and eighteen separate units.
Allan was once offered a Captaincy in the Australian Army to go to Vietnam and take over maintenance of all the Australian Army’s military watercraft. Other commitments precluded his acceptance. He was at the time working on classified research for the Australian Navy.
He has given many talks and lectures on soil fertility and its relation to combating greenhouse warming in Canada, the US and here in Australia.
Allan took up gliding in 1965 and also became a respected meteorologist in the sport. He regularly acted as meteorologist and task setter at State and National Gliding Competitions. I think he had his first flying lesson at Bankstown Airfield in a Chipmunk in 1952.
Allan has always been active in sports. He once held the Australian water ski distance jump record.
In gliding, he became the first pilot to cross the Australian Great Dividing Range in a sail plane. That was in 1968. He has been a Chief Flying Instructor in two different fields of sports aviation. He has a helicopter licence and at 80 years of age he took up competitive aerobatics and is now a competent competitor flying his Pitts S2B Special.
In 1993 Allan helped me set up an organization we called “Save The Farm Fund” to assist farm families in Queensland and New South Wales suffering the ravages of the prolonged drought that had settled on Eastern Australia in the 1990s. We managed to collect and distribute over $14 million worth of food and clothing to dozens of areas throughout both States.
I was honored by being named Gold Coast Citizen of the Year in 1995 and Queenslander of the Year the following year. A local park was named Chris Yeomans Park. I was also awarded an Order Of Australia in 1997. None of this would have happened without my husband’s help and his allocation of a big area of his factory in which the fund could collect, and pack, and ship goods to distant farm communities.
So much more to add about Allan – I always describe Allan as a conceptual designer. He made aircraft tooling for Qantas, Bullet proofed cars for Brinks, designed and built poker machines in the 1970s. With his many plow implement inventions he has won Australian National Field Days award about 7 times. He has patents on these numerous inventions.
Over the past 25 years he has been building a Solar Thermal Power Generator for commercial use and from that, won the Mayors Innovation of the Year Award on the Gold Coast around 12 years ago.
Most recently he has invented and built the Yeomans Carbon Still (read about it by clicking on Button 1.)
About 5 years ago I was speaking with the late Professor Harry Messel – he was 92 at the time and was, at times both Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Bond University. Allan studied physics at Sydney University when Harry was the physics professor there. Harry was saying to me that every time he hears on the news about Allan’s idea of using soil to combat global warming he thinks about him. He knew Allan has been advocating putting the carbon back into the soil for over 20 years to help stop the greenhouse effect.
Chris Yeomans OAM