A Savanna Life in a Technological World

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History of Herbivory Part I: Before Herbivory

History of Herbivory Part I: Before Herbivory

If you are so close to something that you can’t see the edges than you are going to miss something important. For this reason, we are going to start our deep dive into the history of herbivory by looking at the portion of the earth’s […]

Organics, Carbon, and Priviledge

Organics, Carbon, and Priviledge

Noah and Nate are going cross-eyed at Abel’s Dinosaur lessons. #tasteofmyownmedicine I saw an article on my facebook feed about a study proclaiming that organic is worse for the climate than conventional, since organic producers are less productive so that is more carbon per bushel […]

Global Warming  as Cultural Neurosis

Global Warming as Cultural Neurosis

There’s one spot on one of our ranches where I always freeze up like a deer in the headlights. You see, a few years ago there was this one time where I had 200 head that ran down a hill and I had put a […]

Respectful Discourse is More Important Than Global Warming

Respectful Discourse is More Important Than Global Warming

The following is a comment from someone I will call Jacob to last weeks blog post. Following that, my response to the comment. “As much as I would like to share his optimism, I believe this quote is utter nonsense and I would back up […]

Global Warming and the Fossil Record: Not What you Think

Global Warming and the Fossil Record: Not What you Think

There was a new report out this week with dire warnings about the consequences of global warming. As usual, the political right received this information with its usual response to expert opinion, sneering and eye rolling. Expert opinion? and facts, why would we need those? […]

Whats Right With Modern Agriculture

Whats Right With Modern Agriculture

So far, the only thing worse than modern agriculture is any of the alternatives. This fact has been concealed by our politics, agriculture having been swallowed up by our politics, just like everything else. If you say ‘agriculture is great’ or ‘agriculture needs to be […]

Partisanship Starts When People Stop Thinking

Partisanship Starts When People Stop Thinking

Important to remember what its all for.     I like talking politics, but before you strike up a political conversation with me, be warned; if you say three or four things in a row that line up neatly with the fissures of modern American […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part… I lost track.

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part… I lost track.

For most people, water flows downhill, but on our ranch I make it flow uphill. Twice a day. Ok, fine, I don’t know how much I have to do with it. But water does flow uphill twice a day. This is because even though we […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part V

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part V

In order to successfully to mimic nature, we need to look to nature. But not just any old nature, a really natural nature. That is why we are continuing our look at the grazing ecosystem of the Serengeti. That is what comes naturally to me. […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part IV

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part IV

It is Newton’s laws that have changed history more than the ideas of any other person. At least, that’s what I ‘m going to say this week. I might say something different next week. No one seems to argue with me so maybe next week […]