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Regenerative Agriculture

How Regenerative Agriculture Can Save the Soil

I know these seem like scary times, and they are! Especially in the food space! Since the dawn of farming, most agricultural soils have lost from 30% to 75% of their original soil organic carbon (source). While that can be a frightening statistic, I am glad to see, there is hope to save us: Regenerative […]

What is Rotational Grazing?

What is Rotational Grazing for Cattle? Rotational grazing is a technique that falls under the “regenerative agriculture” umbrella, meaning, it leads to the regeneration of the soil. Rotational Grazing means moving or rotating livestock to different pastures, or paddocks, every set number of days. Large pastures are sectioned off into smaller paddocks to allow a […]

The Path of Least Antibiotic Resistance

Health: Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have played a critical role in protecting public health by killing or inhibiting the growth of dangerous bacteria. But from the earliest days of the ‘antibiotic era,’ drugs – including tetracyclines, penicillin, and tylosin – have been approved for a parallel use: in livestock that are […]

What Is Regenerative Beef?

Regenerative beef comes from cattle raised and fed by way of rotational grazing. Regenerative agriculture, at its simplest, involves allowing animals to graze on (and eat) real grass with rich soil, which contributes more nutrients to plants and grasses, resulting in more nutritious meat from the animals that graze those forages. Beef from cattle raised […]

What is Carbon Ranching?

Carbon ranching, like carbon farming, is an agricultural method that results in carbon gains exceeding carbon losses. This is done by implementing practices that improve the rate at which excess CO2 is taken from the atmosphere and stored in the soil, aiding healthy growth of plants, and helping the environment. Let’s talk about what specific […]

Going beyond carbon: Assessing the latest White Oaks Pastures report

Progress: As we prepare for a future where the global appetite for meat is expected to double by 2050, ranchers must juggle the responsibility of producing nutritious meat while also maintaining and rebuilding the health of ecosystems. In recent years, press reports have questioned the validity of farmers touting “carbon neutral meat” in the wake […]

Soil wealth: Regenerative farmland as an asset class

Progress: In times of uncertainty, including economic recessions or the COVID-19 epidemic, investors are often left searching for “safe” tangible assets, such as gold and land. As of 2018, roughly 52 percent (900+ million acres) of the US landmass is used for agriculture – i.e., rangeland, pasture, and cropland. And 31 percent of this acreage […]

Our agrochemical catch 22: How chemistry replaced common sense

Health: Since the emergence of the chemical industry after World War II, agriculture has grown increasingly dependent on herbicides and insecticides to control weeds, fungi, and pests that crowd cropland. In 1970, Dr. John Franz, a Monsanto chemist, identified the herbicidal activity of glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller. In the time between […]

Don’t farm naked

Progress: Every time a farmer grows cash crops, including corn and soybeans, the plants extract valuable nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from the soil. To keep yields stable, the amount of nitrogen applied to farmland in the form of synthetic fertilizers has risen more than 300 percent in the last 60 years. And between 1973-2014, as […]

Controlled burns: fighting fire with fire

Policy: Wildfires are not a new occurrence but in many regions of the country, they have grown larger, more frequent, longer-lasting, and more destructive. Over the last decade, the US has experienced an average of 62,692 wildfires across 7.5 million acres annually. And in 2020, over 58,250 wildfires burned across 10.3 million acres; nearly 40 […]

Is Silvopasture the Silver Bullet to Our Climate Crisis?

Policy: In last week’s newsletter, we unpacked agroforestry’s ability to reduce emissions, improve land productivity, and increase farmer profitability. It is important to note that integrating trees with farmland can be even more impactful when used in tandem with grazing. This combination, otherwise known as silvopasture, can be achieved by planting trees into a conventional […]

Agroforestry: Growing money on trees?

Progress: On a global scale, humankind is facing an environmental crisis connected to the way we use and abuse the land. Modern agriculture’s reliance on monocultures (one-crop production systems) threatens the fertility of our soil. And in the long term, these extractive practices threaten the well-being and prosperity of humanity. To prevent this outcome, a […]

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