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% was … 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
“…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
Dear Vice President Harris, In this NY Times article discussing the debate over who should become the next Agriculture Secretary, the NY Times article is making a false dichotomy between what people want in different communities. I interact quite frequently … Continue reading Open letter to VP Harris regarding the next Ag Secretary.
To better understand regenerative agriculture, it helps to be a systems thinker. Why? It takes system thinking to better understand how the water, carbon, nitrogen and nutrient cycles are interdependent and interconnected through photosynthesis, decomposition, the microbial carbon pump, and … Continue reading Quality Agriculture- A book review
Western culture tends to split everything into binary opposing pairs. Such dialectical thinking permeates our thought process. So we have good versus evil, liberals versus conservatives, left versus right, East versus West, rural versus urban, black versus white, etc. Such … Continue reading Beyond Grass and Grains – Part One: Nutrition
I recently listened to a very interesting conversation on the Doctor’s Farmacy podcast with Dr. Uma Naidoo about nutritional psychiatry. I actually found this discussion interesting enough to buy Dr. Naidoo’s new book, This Is Your Brain on Food: An … Continue reading This is your brain on food- A book review
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