Bio Pivot and Good Farming: Two Reasons for Cautious Optimism in Farming

The Problem There’s a steady drumbeat of bad news associated with farming. Agriculture plays a role in topics like climate change, topsoil loss, fertilizer pollution, and water depletion. Even as consumers and governments seek to remediate these, global population growth and increasing affluence pressure the existing food system to increase production. The tension between efficiently...

What Epicurious Gets Wrong About Beef

Website Epicurious recently announced that it will no longer be publishing recipes featuring beef. The statement itself is so milquetoast that, despite my best efforts, I have not been able to summon much in the way of righteous indignation. But I am concerned about the ignorance it represents. The exclusive justification for the move is environmental. In...

Will Roombas Replace Cows?

By Garth Brown As a child I loved looking at pictures of Rube Goldberg machines. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, these are fanciful mechanisms that accomplish a simple task in a ridiculously complicated manner. So in a typical instance an alarm clock vibrates a ball off a table, which spins a wheel, which knocks over a...

Cows vs. Wildfires

By Garth Brown An excellent article in The Counter examines the conflict over whether grazing cattle could decrease fires on western rangelands. Proponents say cows could help by removing excess cheatgrass, which is a significant fuel for the fires. Opponents counter that this may be true in the short term, but that in the long run the impact...

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