Grass fed meat, soils, and sustainability

This one has been hitting paleo blogosphere quite a bit which is so great to see (Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser). But I still have to post up a link to Allan Savory’s TED talk, because it is just so good and such an important message.

This hits home in so many ways for me. For years since I became interested in food and diet from an evolutionary perspective I knew it is about more than just some narcissistic attempt to perfect oneself. The fact that our species is all in on row farming and eating whack foods is holding down the IQ of impoverished populations, destroying soils and disconnecting us from an interest in where we live, is surely to blame for much of current mental illness and diseases, and connects in to the most critical economic issues of our time around asinine agricultural subsidies. I stopped preaching to people around me about what makes sense to eat a long time ago, but it’s very hard to disassociate food from so many other issues.

Having an environmental science background I’ve been wanting to dig in to some writing on food and local/regional environmental management for some time but for now I’m glad to see it get covered. I’m so over exposed to the term “sustainability” at this point that I tend to distance myself from “environmentalists” who often take up the most ridiculous causes. But I hope one day I can fold in more meaningful action into my work and personal life. For now I’m happy to see select folks like Robb Wolf in this post last year take it up and represent thoughtful “sustainability”, and hope that more high profile economists like Tyler Cowen continue to recognize that soil management should be at the very top of the list of environmental issues.

If you’re looking for some inspiration from people with boots on the ground actually managing land properly with pastured animals check out these podcasts with Polyface’s Joel Salatin or Alderspring’s Glenn Elzinga. Scientist Mat Lalonde gets credit for mentioning the disaster of grains in the middle east on many of his gem podcasts as well, such as this one.

Other links:
Savory Institute

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Patrick Moore back in spotlight?

Came to my attention that controversial “environmentalist” Patrick Moore is speaking in Sudbury this May. Looks like he has a new book called Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: the Making of a Sensible Environmentalist. I plan on giving the book a read but it’s a little pricey so I’ll wait until TPL picks it up.

I recall hearing him interviewed a few times and seems like a sensible guy though I haven’t looked at his positions on all issues. Emphasis on trees and forests, and de-emphasizing wind and solar power sounds good to me.

Here’s a fairly recent radio interview.

Here’s Greenpeace ripping on him.



Journal article on Canadian CSR published

It’s not Science magazine but managed to get this academic article published..

A review of Canadian corporate sustainable development reports

in Journal of Global Responsibility


Greg Davis, Cory Searcy, (2010) “A review of Canadian corporate sustainable development reports”, Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 1 Iss: 2, pp.316 – 329

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Niagra Falls Frozen


It’s hard to imagine the force of nature that is Niagra Falls ever coming to a dead halt, but as documented in this extraordinary picture, the falls were frozen solid .  The picture is reputed to have been taken in 1911, but historically, the last time the falls completely froze was in 1886.

frozen niagara falls

via’s Curiosities.



What Deserves Protesting

An excerpt of an interview posted on Warren Myer’s climate site deserves a bump in the wake of the big protest movement that swept Toronto this weekend. I sympathize with this argument even if it understates potential problems with CO2, if the main point is that we need to acknowledge other priorities.

Don’t we have a duty to protect or planet for future generations?(i.e. save it from deforestation, pollution etc)

Sure, but as I stated above, we have all kinds of duties to future generations, and not all of them have to do with the environment. But I would argue that the current obsession with small changes to trace levels of CO2 in the atmosphere has in fact gutted the environmental movement. Nothing else is getting done. Take deforestation. My personal interest is in protecting wilderness, and my charity of choice is land trusts that preserve the Amazon. But do you know the #1 cause of deforestation in the Amazon over the last decade? It was the Brazilian ethanol program, which is supposed to be fighting CO2, but now has been shown to do little or nothing for CO2 and it is incentivizing farmers to clear the Amazon to plant more switchgrass and other ethanol crops. Ditto in the US, where ethanol programs are raising food prices and adding to deforestationI would argue that CO2 is not even in the top 10 worst environmental problems in the world. Take clean water in Africa, which I do consider a top 10 problem. The only way Africans are going to get clean water is from using cheap energy to pump and treat water, cheap energy whose only really realistic source is from fossil fuels.

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