Coronavirus: Out of the Wilderness, Into Humans

We are destroying wilderness around the world as the human population expands and our systems of inequality drive people ever farther into previously unexplored areas in their efforts to survive. In this Guardian article, disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie of Emory University says, “I am not at all surprised about the coronavirus outbreak. The majority ofContinue reading “Coronavirus: Out of the Wilderness, Into Humans”

Open letter to George Monbiot

A recent newsletter from the Organic Consumers Association contained an article about remarks made by George Monbiot (environmental reporter for The Guardian) at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. According to the article, ‘Monbiot was there to argue in favor of replacing farmers with “fermentation farmers, bioengineers, protein engineers, metabolic engineers, cell biologists, computer scientists, ITContinue reading “Open letter to George Monbiot”

Young People and the Injustices of Climate Change: Bold, Rapid Action is Needed

Over a year ago, Alex Steffen published an insightful piece regarding the intergenerational injustice of climate change. I recommend reading the article in its entirety, but I’m relaying a few excerpts here. One of the statements most relevant to our enterprise at Nature Towns is this one: “I think there’s absolutely no way that theContinue reading “Young People and the Injustices of Climate Change: Bold, Rapid Action is Needed”

The best steak and the worst steak.

One of our favorite sources of information is the Stockman Grassfarmer Magazine, who pointed us to the book “Steak” back in 2010. Author Mark Schatzker said that the best steak he had ever eaten was grassfed and that the worst steak he had ever eaten was grassfed. This is one of the grassfed industry’s biggestContinue reading “The best steak and the worst steak.”

Fall Seed Swap at Central Library

From the Central Texas Seed Savers: How often in your day-to-day life do you get to contribute to the effort of preventing something from becoming extinct? Those are the stakes when we take the time to save seeds in our community. Together, we can stop rare, native, and local plants from going extinct. Join usContinue reading “Fall Seed Swap at Central Library”

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”

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?”

Who will have to drastically reduce their use of phosphates and potash over the coming years?

I have been aware of the CIA (Yes, Central Intelligence Agency) position paper (somewhere out there, but I still haven’t located it) on the shortage of phopshates, and I was aware that our big supplier of phosphates – Florida, is at the tail end of it’s production abilities.  So?  It seems that we should haveContinue reading “Who will have to drastically reduce their use of phosphates and potash over the coming years?”