Back in May of 2015, I wrote this article, Understanding water footprint numbers, after spending a month corresponding with the organization generating these numbers: WaterFootprint.org. Prior to this correspondence and writing this article (now posted on my blog), like many … Continue reading More on water footprints
Will, . Loved your most recent blog post: Will’s Wisdom: Think About This When You Eat an Impossible Burger. I call burgers made from beef from holistically grazed ranches “regenerative burgers”. Conversely, I refer to the plant based analogs from … Continue reading An open letter to Will Harris at White Oak Pastures
“… all living systems are complex – i.e., highly nonlinear – networks …” Fritjof Capra CH4= Methane, CO= Carbon monoxide, CO2= Carbon dioxide, OH = hydroxyl radical There’s a fundamental problem with methane analysis, and that is most methane analysis … Continue reading Methane: Accounting for both sides of the scale
(Above photograph from the Kansas Farmers Union) – Just below is a post I read on Facebook by agronomist Dale Strickler, who I recently quoted in a couple recent blog entries. I’m sharing now so that hopefully this post will … Continue reading Guest post: 10 points on land management by Dale Strickler
Okay so let’s get this straight in George Monbiot’s techno-optimistic scenario…. proteins and carbs are created via precision fermentation in brewing tanks requiring infrastructure, blue water and energy. These proteins and carbs (plus some additional minerals, antibiotics and growth factor) … Continue reading Techno-optimism run amok… George Monbiot’s latest delusion
Growing up north of Chicago with family in Southern Illinois, as a child, meant many hours spent being driven down state and back upstate gazing at miles and miles of soybean fields for as far as the eye could see. … Continue reading Soy 101
Many (not all) vegans tend to repeatedly make two false claims: B12 is routinely given to cattle Soil is a primary source of B12. Sadly, these false claims have become new “truths” in much of the vegansphere. So it came … Continue reading To B12 or to not to B12: Cobalt & cobalamin
Here’s we go again. so-called nutritional “scientists” and doctors are out there using relative risk to fear monger against eating red and processed meat. They’re more vociferous than usual since their weak science has been called out for what it … Continue reading The relative risk con game
A friend recently emailed me the following question: Is there a limit to how much carbon soil can hold which then prevents the kind of sequestration that would be needed to reverse climate change? Or, in other words, does soil … Continue reading Soil carbon saturation: Myth or reality?
Okay this one is a bit nerdy, so I apologize in advance. When I’m not so lazy, I’ll track down all the scientific references, but for now I just want to summarize all of these compiled processes in what follows … Continue reading WTF happens to all that methane?
This past January, I read the book Amazon Besieged: By dams, soya, agribusinees and land grabbing. This book is a compilation of articles originally posted on Mongabay by veteran reporters Mauricio Torres and Sue Branford. Since I read this compilation, … Continue reading Amazon Besieged: Q & A with author and reporter Sue Branford
With a mixture of defiance and bravado, Impossible Foods’ CEO Pat Brown recently challenged anyone questioning his decision to use American GMO soy beans in his flagship product, the Impossible Burger Version 2.0. Citing constraints on the availability of organic … Continue reading The Ecocide Burger