Tag Archives: agriculture

Episode 3-Keeping Soils Healthy Through the Winter

Are You Tending Your Soil Microbes as Winter Approaches? As the days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder, it’s tempting to put your farm or garden soil on the back burner, so to speak, and start thinking about: how to store all the produce you just harvested who to invite over for the holidays or how to get ...

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Episode 2-Healthy Food Systems and Economic Growth

This image illustrates the ideal relationship between food systems, free trade, and government. A small government sits on top of a large free trade system that sits above an even larger food system.

Hello, Last week I promised to elaborate on my cornerstones model and to explain how healthy food systems fuel growth throughout the economy. A Clean Environment Comes First Whenever I introduce the cornerstones, I always start with the environment. The reason I do this is because the environment came first. The natural resource base we live in and on predates ...

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Herbicide Drift Ignites a Toxic Cascade

Herbicides Don’t Just Kill Weeds In the last post, we looked at biological cascades in ecosystems.  We saw that seemingly unrelated activities are linked together through complex food webs.  Living creatures that seem unrelated at first glance turn out to be so dependent on one another that what benefits one species can benefit many.  Likewise, what hurts one can hurt ...

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A Decision Tree for Building a Farm

  Why Should I Build a Farm? The economy of the post-pandemic world has changed. As the world takes on the challenge of economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 world,  displaced workers are looking at digital sales, direct marketing, and, believe-it-or-not, organic farming as niche industries where they can hang their hats anew, and restore the success they had when the ...

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Online Conference Connects Soil Health to Your Health

Good Nutrition Begins On Farms and In Gardens.  Hipocrates once recognized food as the best medicine.  Of course, it goes without saying that only good food is good medicine. Food that is rich in functional vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals can support healthy body weights, combat cancer, promote sleep, and ensure a strong immune system. Today it seems like everyone is ...

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When do you Need a Biostimulant?

Healthy Soils Require Amendments It is unrealistic to believe you can keep farming or gardening, and keep taking nutrients out of the soil without putting something back now and then. In the late 20th century, this was done with chemical fertilizers.  No doubt, chemical fertilizers are still used today.  When properly applied,  qualified experts will argue that chemical fertilizers offer ...

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Local Farms are Key to Health and Wellness

Photo of fruit tree on farm

The dangers of glyphosate and other pesticides prevalent in modern food systems have been discussed in previous posts, including our 2016 report on glyphosate in food webs, and our 2018 interview with investigative journalist, Carey Gillam.  Like Alex Vasquez’ 2014 YouTube video that pronounced glyphosate as the toxic chemical of the year, Gillam’s book, Whitewash, represented a well thought out ...

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From International Business to Local Regenerative Farming

Health Concerns Led International Businessman Glen Schultz to Abandon Fortune 500 Sales and Start a Farm As Glen Schultz researched the cause of his son’s ailments, he became concerned about the way milk and other foods were being produced.  At first, he shopped from natural grocery stores.  But that wasn’t enough.  The more deeply he researched how food was being ...

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