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Why learning networks?

Posted by Peter Donovan 2 months, 3 weeks ago in policy and framing /

I've spent a dozen years reporting on ranchers, farmers, and groups in North America, and another dozen years measuring soil carbon change on 100+ ranches and farms. My experience is that:



Commodifying and financializing nature

Posted by Peter Donovan 7 months, 1 week ago in policy and framing /

The rush continues to commodify soil carbon or other "ecosystem services" and trade these on some kind of markets. Are we asking the wrong questions? These two excellent videos suggest that we are.



Soil‑microbe systems are self‑organising states

Posted by Peter Donovan 1 year, 2 months ago in policy and framing /

by Susan Cousineau

(Instagram @susan.cousineau)
Neal, A. L., Bacq-Labreuil, A., Zhang, X., Clark, I. M., Coleman, K., Mooney, S. J., Ritz, K., & Crawford, J. W. (2020). Soil as an extended composite phenotype of the microbial metagenome. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 10649. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67631-0
 
This paper was a really dense read, but in a nutshell establishes soil as a self-organizing system derived from the interplay of microbial genetics (not just the whole organisms) and soil characteristics, rather than a reducible, mechanical system of many parts. While that may at first glance seem kind of self-evident, here's the peer-reviewed science to back it up.
 
The authors determined that the soil isn't just influenced by microbes; and microbial populations aren't just influenced by soil type, structure, soil organic matter, and so on.


Abe Collins: hiring farmers to grow deep topsoil watersheds

Posted by Peter Donovan 1 year, 7 months ago in policy and framing /

Abe Collins presented at the Grassfed Exchange in February 2018 on Landstream. A great presentation.



Wilson County, Kansas: Infiltration opportunity

Posted by Peter Donovan 2 years ago in policy and framing /

"Conservation Matters" from the Wilson County Citizen (Fredonia, Kansas)