With so much dietary and political tribalism nowadays, I find it is very important to listen to and read varying viewpoints including many opposing points of view that challenge my own. So, I picked-up and read a copy of George … Continue reading Monbiot’s Regenesis: A review & response
Methane is emitted by a myriad of naturally occurring and anthropogenic biogenic sources in nature including shellfish, plankton, beaver ponds, rice paddies, wetlands, termites, arthropods, ruminants, dams, trees, or just about any place methanogenic archaea reside in anoxic environments (including … Continue reading Methane persistence and hydroxyl radical availability
(Image above courtesy of Understanding Ag) One of the bigger problems to overcome today is reductive thinking. This problem is especially bad in a world where everyone wishes to reduce complex concepts to memes. So to get people to system … Continue reading Interdependent cycles and rainfall
This is an interesting white paper, Bruce-Iri et al 2021, METHANE Sources, Sinks and Uncertainties. Walter Jehne is one of the co-authors. I spoke with Walter at some length on the topic of monoterpenes and hydroxyl radical [OH] oxidation during … Continue reading Context matters: Green zone hydroxyl radical formation and methane oxidation.
To begin with, in regards to accounting for enteric emissions (“cow burps”), most people use global stats. So even if you use 2006 Long Shadow as a reference, and actually read that document, a large portion of that 18% attributed … Continue reading How much do cattle contribute to greenhouse gases?
“Part of living is killing. I don’t care if you eat vegan or you eat meat, you are responsible for death. I would argue that if you’re vegan, you are responsible for way more death than if you eat a … Continue reading Life and death from the soil food web on up
Deforestation is too often reduced to what’s most conspicuous. But deforestation is complex and a lot more than raising beef cattle or growing soybeans. To begin with, despite all the biodiversity especially of plant life, rain forest soil isn’t very … Continue reading The Deforestation Process
Just six points to keep in mind every time there’s a press release or article proclaiming cultured stems cells are the future of “meat”. When looking at food production, the real discussion that should be occurring is between regenerative and … Continue reading The romance versus the reality of cultured stem cell proteins
This column and the prior one are a bit different than my more scientifically oriented blog entries.In general, I try to steer away from politics and sociological issues with this website. I post those types of thoughts elsewhere. But, at … Continue reading Regen-a-nation
“…whoever cannot tell himself the truth about his past is trapped in it, is immobilized in the prison of his undiscovered self. This is also true of nations.” – James Baldwin The response below is a response to an article … Continue reading A belated response to Philpott’s “racist roots”
Preface: The below content is a cursory overview of numerous plant and soil microbiological processes. This overview is intended as an introduction to these processes. So rather than a detailed dissertation on each item, with lots of references, a lot … Continue reading Restoring the plant’s soil microbiome
Over the past year or two, I’ve seen a lot of articles and videos by people new to regenerative agriculture defining or attempting to define what regenerative agriculture is and isn’t. Some of these articles and videos are better than … Continue reading Regenerative Ag- Clearing up some misconceptions