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Clean Eating

By Russ Conser | January 6, 2022

Well, this week marks another milestone in government silliness. No not that one, this one.   Some high paid bureaucrats in DC have decided that instead of labelling foods with already fuzzy terms like “genetically engineered” or as containing “genetically modified organisms,” it would be clearer to label foods with new terms such as “bioengineered.” Or if…

Whole Earth – In Memory Of E. O. Wilson

By Russ Conser | December 30, 2021

“Future generations are going to forgive us our horrible genocidal wars because they have passed too far in history. They will forgive us all of the earlier generations’ follies and harm. But they will not forgive us for having thrown away such a large part of the rest of life on our watch.” – E. O.…

Rediscovered “Countrey”

By Russ Conser | November 22, 2021

My grandfather was born in 1901 in St Joseph, Missouri. Just 97 years before that, on July 4, 1804, William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, stood on the hills just across the Missouri River from “St Jo” and penned this description of what he saw before his eyes:  “The Plains of this countrey are covered with…

Counting Carbon?

By Russ Conser | November 15, 2021

In case you haven’t noticed, a whole bunch of folks have been circling up in Glasgow, Scotland the last few weeks to talk about carbon. All of them realize there’s too much in the air, and a few understand there’s not enough in soil.   It was against this backdrop that I saw a comment…

Epic Art

By Russ Conser | November 8, 2021

Two weeks ago, I talked about migrating bison and birds and how they might help us rediscover how the health of people and planet were intrinsically connected. It was a story of how the soils of both my birthplace and my current home were created by a symbiotic relationship between lush and diverse prairies and…

Rediscovering Both

By Russ Conser | October 20, 2021

I grew up in Nebraska where the prairie was central to our identity. Although strange to me now, we saw the highest purpose of those prairies as something to be plowed up and planted. I did not realize that those prairies, and their carbon-catching, water-holding soils, were actually made by the symbiotic relationship between their…

My Carbon Journey

By Russ Conser | September 30, 2021

Several months ago, I told you about my personal health journey and how it led me to see food as medicine. But there’s another half to my personal journey – carbon. I spent 30 years taking dead carbon out of the deep Earth, and now I’m on a mission to put it back. In the air,…

All Natural

By Russ Conser | September 16, 2021

“All Natural” – it’s a phrase now so perverted that I utter it with some trepidation. But I want to reclaim just a bit of its honest meaning in the context of our new BoboLinks snack sticks.   Today, we take for granted the preservative power of refrigeration for perishable food. Refrigeration works because at low…

Cool Grass

By Russ Conser | September 9, 2021

Now for the final chapter of this brief series – how does growing more perennials and catching every drop of sunshine help cool the Earth? To start, I want to draw your attention to a special 2019 IPCC report on “Climate Change and Land” which contained this enticing nugget: “Balanced diets, featuring plant-based foods, such…

Define Regenerative – Why Birds?

By Russ Conser | August 23, 2021

It’s a request I get all the time: Define “regenerative” agriculture? Many have attempted to take on this topic (e.g. here, here), but it’s easy to get lost in details. Some welcome the ambiguity and are even concerned that defining it too explicitly may ruin it. Although part of me is sympathetic with that sentiment,…