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The Reforestation of the West

The Reforestation of the West

We rarely hear positive stories about the environment, despite the fact that there have been promising improvements in some areas. One of these areas is in the forestation of the wealthy Western nations. Forests are actually increasing across the West! The story of mankind since the neolithic revolution has been one of deforestation. Throughout history people have practiced “slash-and-burn” agriculture, clearing forests and plowing the organic matter into the soil. As humanity has expanded the forests have continued to retract,…

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The Evils of Foreign Food “Aid”

The Evils of Foreign Food “Aid”

Various types of foreign “aid” have become a major part of the United States government foreign policy. It is seen as a way to project “soft power” and show global “leadership.” While relief in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is a somewhat different matter, the principle of persistent foreign “aid” is a tool of neo-imperialism which keeps countries perpetually weak, unstable, and dependent on Western powers. Foreign aid may be unpopular among the right wing, but it maintains broad…

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“Soil Power!” in the New York Times

“Soil Power!” in the New York Times

I was delighted to see that the New York Times published an op-ed about the importance of regenerative agriculture, titled “Soil Power: The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” by Jacques Leslie. Overall, it provides a well reasoned, informative, and accessible piece directed at the general public. There has been a substantial amount of concern about man-made climate change for some time. As an everything skeptic, I have always thought parts of the story did not make sense and it seemed…

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“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

When North America was first settled there was rich, thick, virgin soil all the way from the Eastern seaboard through the Great Plains. This incredible fertility was a major driving factor in the country’s unprecedented economic growth. However, the soil has been taken for granted, plowed, shredded up, worn out, washed away, and covered in chemicals- left as little more than a sterile growth medium. When the famous Dust Bowl took place much of the damage had happened in just…

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“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’” – The No-Till Farmer This is wonderful commentary on the dangers of of rigidly sticking to past ideas and terms about gardening and farming, which are constantly being improved by knowledge and technology. This is a mistake I have made in the past, especially with a determination to use zero tillage in my beds. For my Fall garden I did properly hoe out the soil to a loose consistency. And lo and behold my…

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How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com

How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com

A decade after colony collapse disorder began, pollination entrepreneurs have staved off the beepocalypse. Source: How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com After years of believing the bee scare stories, I had the sense to become a skeptic several years ago. The economic value of bees is as such that beekeepers will figure it out, there are more colonies than there were ten years ago, and the price of honey hasn’t even gone up! Some emergency.

Living Fences

Living Fences

I found this article on Mother Earth News (when I was looking for something to test if there are any special link functions, there don’t appear to be any.) This topic is very interesting to me, because I am not crazy about any styles of fencing, and it is the sort of thing I dread having to do. While this is labor intensive to start, it seems that it would be much more valuable, especially in this windy area than…

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