Blue Nest Blog

…and Bees

By Russ Conser | March 31, 2022

It’s time we have the talk – you know… the birds AND the bees! 😉 No not THAT talk, the one wherein we talk about how even though we focus a lot on birds, bees (and other insects) matter, too.  Birds are easier to see, hear and often admire their beauty, but the insects do a huge…

Synthetic Savanna

By Russ Conser | February 23, 2022

Last week I told you about the tragedy of US “renewable fuels” policy and how at least in terms of climate impact, our modern corn ethanol industry was at best no better than gasoline, and more likely worse. This outcome was driven by the tragedy of carbon lost by plowing up grasslands to grow corn.…

Breathing Earth

By Russ Conser | January 20, 2022

In an earlier musing, I wondered whether counting carbon was actually a good idea? It’s not that counting it might be bad, it’s the potential myopia if we focus on it too much. To be clear, carbon is actually a good thing to count as part of a bigger picture. Today, I want to help you see that…

Lost Savannas

By Russ Conser | January 13, 2022

Savanna – some think it’s just a city in Georgia, but of course that name came from somewhere.   A “savanna” is a mixed grassland-woodland ecosystem. It’s the place where grass and trees live together because each makes the other better. As an environment gets more rainfall, it can support more trees because they require more water to…

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,…

Quality vs. Geography

By Todd Churchill | August 13, 2021

Sometimes you can have it all, and sometimes you have to make hard choices. If you’re like us, there are SO many things you want to improve about the food system, it’s hard to know what is most important. Quality First. Quality (both in eating, and in the positive impact our ranchers have on the…