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An open letter to George Monbiot

Influenced by the ideas of Allan Savory and other advocates of holistic grazing, I have been introducing the basic principles of this approach into my grazing management over the last few years.

Understanding Economies of Scale

And again I come back to my central (but evolving) thesis: permaculture is failing because we are only practicing one part of it effectively.

Early days for regenerative agriculture: Can it help solve climate change?

A planned rotation of the cattle mimics movements that herds of ruminants would make in response to predation by pack hunters when such environments evolved as systemic wholes.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Calcium

We can get calcium from a range of foods, including dairy products like milk and cheese, deep green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage, as well as broths made from the bones of animals like cows and chickens.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Iron

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent mineral deficiency in the United States, and lack of adequate iron intake can have a range of impacts, from chronic fatigue to anemia or even organ failure.

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

While many conscientious eaters go out of their way to purchase pasture-raised eggs laid by happy chickens, it’s a little-known fact that almost all eggs have a hidden cost: millions of baby male chicks are killed each year at the hatcheries that raise egg-laying hens.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Vitamin K

Vitamin K2 deficiency is likely a huge issue throughout modern society by virtue of the low quality foods that pervade our food system, and I hope that research on this important vitamin is made available in the near future to better guide us towards more cost-effective sources of this …

Just How "Legal" Are Seed Libraries?

After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.

Pennsylvania Seed Library seen as encouraging "agriterrorism"

County Commissioner Barbara Cross said about the potential risk, “Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge...so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on …

Putting Grasslands to Work

The term ‘holistic’, means something characterised by the belief that the individual parts of a system are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

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