The Ground Beneath Our Feet

We treat our soil like dirt. By growing food and storing carbon dioxide and water, the loam and peat that coats the earth sustains us all. In return, we till it, treat it with chemicals and generally walk all over it. Without healthy soil, food becomes less nutritious and crops become harder to grow. If the crops aren’t healthy, then the 70 percent of the world’s fresh water that’s used for agriculture will be wasted.

Long-term Soil Strategies Drive Many Environmental Benefits at Park Farming Organics

Scott Park of Park Farming Organics spoke on the farmer panel of this year’s CalCAN Summit plenary session. His farming practices model climate-beneficial agriculture through a diversified cropping approach, long-term management strategies for soil health (reduced tillage, cover cropping and additions of various sources of organic matter), and decreased use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, water, and energy.

Less and Better Meat is Key for a Healthier Planet

Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate? That’s the question examined in a major report released this week by the University of Oxford’s Food Climate Research Network (FCRN). While “Grazed and Confused” intended to reduce confusion about the climate merits of pasture-based meat, the report’s narrow focus on the net climate impacts of grass-fed meat has instead muddied the waters.

Grass-Fed Beef and Black Locust: 30 Years of Silvopasture

Published: January 18, 2017In Watkins Glen, New York, 45 minutes from Ithaca, is Angus Glen Farm. Here, the Chedzoy Family runs 100 head of cattle over 310 acres of pasture and silvopasture. Silvopasture is defined as the integration of grazing animals into an existing forest, and/or the establishment of tree rows on grazing land. Brett Chedzoy, in addition to working with Cornell Extension, manages the land’s beef herd and forestry enterprises. Brett’s background is in forestry, but he is both a forester and a grazier.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

In a regenerative world, it’s OK to eat meat, but if you’re going to do so, it’s imperative to transition to organic, grass-fed and free-range–and not in the quantities Big Ag and Big Food would have you do. Any other way and we are contributing to global warming, impacting our health and, by the way, engaging significantly in animal cruelty.