Elephants in our Fields?

I recently came a cross a post by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. He had a face-off with John Mackey, of Whole Foods, on the topic, “Eating Meat is Unhealthy and Unethical”. Link The coming carbon crisis (yes, it is already here for many of us), is going to force us to look at carbonContinue reading “Elephants in our Fields?”

Regenerative Agriculture and the Green New Deal

Will Harris of White Oak Pastures drives home the point that the Green New Deal (GND) is a real platform for turning our rural ecosystems into vital ecological assets, instead of the abandoned spaces and dumps for industrialization that so many of them seem to serve as now. Read more about this position, and signContinue reading “Regenerative Agriculture and the Green New Deal”

For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.

This is a 5 minute video (very well done) on a West Texas town that has been dealing with the issue of water use for oil and gas versus agriculture and local residents.  What I found to be most challenging in the video, was the issue of whether people who have water would be ableContinue reading “For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.”

An Agricultural Revolution to Fight Climate Change?

(note:  proceed to 3:13 to skip over the intros/admin discussion) The following essay appeared in Slate magazine and looks at the continuing escalation of CO2 in the atmosphere, combined with the potential for agriculture to fix the problem.  Among the various tools that can be used, this article studies the role of biochar.  These topicsContinue reading “An Agricultural Revolution to Fight Climate Change?”

Is atmospheric carbon the key to restoring nutritious food as well as rainwater conservation?

I have been studying this hypothesis for several years now, and it is interesting to see some higher profile journalism suggesting the same. The hypothesis is on whether our soils can absorb all of the carbon in the atmosphere.  We need that carbon in order to produce more nutritious foods, and to hold more surfaceContinue reading “Is atmospheric carbon the key to restoring nutritious food as well as rainwater conservation?”

Are we heading into a Drought? Picture 2 — Average temperature in May for TX

The picture you see above has been extracted form the Southern Regional Climate Center at LSU.  Please go towww.srcc.lsu.edu to verify.  File picture made 05/31/13 at 09:30Commentary:  Yes, this is for just May alone and does not factor in the other 11 months of the year.  I have yet to find any suggestion that the trendsContinue reading “Are we heading into a Drought? Picture 2 — Average temperature in May for TX”

WSJ: Europe’s Green-Fuel search turns to America’s forests.

This article appeared on the front page of the the Tuesday, May 28th edition of the Wall Street Journal.  It continues on page 12. In summary, the article brings to light a fact that has been developing for the last 2 years — that European coal burning power plants (Japan and Korea are headed inContinue reading “WSJ: Europe’s Green-Fuel search turns to America’s forests.”

Must see video on restoring the planet and our soil

This is a great TED talk and I hope it goes on to be a classic. It is not the first time that someone has talked about this theory of planet/soil resotration, but this talk is by the grand master himself, and done quite well. It is about 25 minutes long, but highly recommended andContinue reading “Must see video on restoring the planet and our soil”

Grassfed Beef is better according to UK research

“Research reveals that grass-fed beef is better for people and the environment. Feeding cattle on grass throughout their lifecycle is the most environmentally sustainable way to rear beef, according to new research we’ve commissioned.” “The results are contrary to recent thinking that livestock farming methods must intensify further in order to lessen carbon emissions toContinue reading “Grassfed Beef is better according to UK research”