Tag Archives: environment

Recognizing the Complexity of Biological Cascades

This image shows water cascading over a waterfall. Just as the water that falls is hard to reverse, actions in biology can trigger reactions that are difficult to change.

  What do pollution, obesity, livestock production, and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common?  According to the cornerstones model of healthy food systems, each of these factors plays into the security and sustainability of the food webs we rely on to maintain food security, health, and prosperity.  Other factors are involved of course, but for simplicity in today’s discussion, I ...

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Understanding Food Webs

Image compares and contrasts food chains and food webs.

What exactly is a food web? Nearly a century ago, the ecologist Charles Elton introduced us to the concept of food chains –linear series of links that shows how food, which provides the environmental currency of nutrients and energy, moves through an ecosystem. No doubt you’ve seen illustrations of food chains.  These often begin with some kind of plant, like ...

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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 world ...

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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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Chemical Dependencies That Are Impacting You!

Thinking Beyond Opioids and Street Drugs Chemical dependency is often viewed narrowly, as dependence on drugs. The phrase itself conjures up images of meth labs in trailer parks, and homeless addicts shooting heroine in dark alleys.   But most of us know deep inside that this is only one tragic aspect of a much deeper problem.  In recent years, we are ...

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Six Traits Keep Angels Standing Tall In New Mexico’s Economic Whirlwinds

  Changing Times are Troubling We often hear about challenges we are facing in modern times.  Real and/or perceived effects of climate change, globalization, big data, and the largest human population ever are undoubtedly stressing contemporary society.  Some of these have been put into perspective with the popular YouTube Video, Did You Know.  I’ve inserted it below for your convenience. ...

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What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities that Can Help You Build Healthy Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm?  If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer  on the surface of the soil.   Of course. you may have noticed a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface on a sunny day too, ...

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Restoring the Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems

Image shows a model of healthy food systems based on 4 cornerstones of a clean environment, regenerative agriculture, nutritional health, and freedom.

What is a healthy food system? Food systems are made up of complex webs of interactions that provide access to food. Healthy food systems are economically and nutritionally secure.  Ideally, a healthy food system provides access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food for everyone.  Because healthy food systems are essential to humanity itself, they also form the very foundation of ...

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