Maybe this is confirmation bias-but IMHO this proves my Jevon's paradox theory. High yielding, intensive & destructive cropping methods DO 👏 NOT 👏 SPARE 👏 LAND. Tilled, sprayed, & row-cropped grasslands never revert back to their OG conditions. Ever…
What is the point of using cropping practices that lead us to abandon lifeless cropland soils years later, only to convert more ecologically sensitive (& lower yielding) plains grasslands to grow these same crops, using the same practices?
TL;DR - there's a half-life to intensive commodity production, and it comes at the cost of converting some our most prized ecosystems. Lose-lose-lose all around for wildlife, native plant reservoirs, and soil carbon.

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30 Jul
THREAD: What happens to #carbon once it's sequestered in soils? How can we lock it in & ensure it doesn't return to the atmosphere as CO2?

Soil scientists use "fractionation" methods for that^. Fractionation tells us about different pools of C-some stay forever & some are quick
Consider it like food for the body.

Some of the energy in your food will get used to build your bones-it stays there & is permanent. Some of the energy gets digested & respired as CO2 when you breathe. Not permanent, but you still need it. & some is intermediate-stored as fat.
In soils, we call the permanent fraction MAOM (minerally associated organic matter). This is the soil C that gets stuck to minerals & stays forever.

The faster fraction is called POM (particulate organic matter). This pool is a lot more dynamic…
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2 May
1. You might find it ironic that my stepdad works at Perdue Farms chicken plant in rural GA, where 3 people have tested + for COVID. My mom is a nurse. Both recently quit smoking after 20+ yrs.

This executive order puts them even more at risk.…
COVID has exposed the absolute lack of resiliency in our concentrated food system, w/ meatpacking companies among the worst. They fail pretty often: JBS gets fined for fraud, Tyson gets a slap on the wrist for price setting.

But then nothing changes. Ever.
DECENTRALIZED 👏 FOOD 👏 IS 👏 ESSENTIAL. Not the interests of the meat majors. It is no coincidence that the companies who help destroy the env also put our families (their workers) at risk to make a buck. We've essentially given them permission to over and over and over.
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20 Feb
Some common misconceptions about grazing, GHGs, and soil C I’ve heard that negate the actual science (a thread):

1. “Properly managed cattle on grasslands sequester enough C to offset all their GHGs”
A: sometimes, but that’s certainly not unilaterally true.
2. “Methanotrophs in well managed grasslands offset all of the methane from grass fed cattle.”

A: absolutely false- no data to support that. We can’t even culture methanotrophs, and the best estimates show a marginal level of CH4 oxidation compared to enteric CH4 production.
3. “Consumers will pay more for meat labeled with regenerative.”

A: Yea-probably not. The only market based label to break 5% market share was Organic. Consumer surveys show that consumers say they care.... but most of them don’t put their $$ where their mouths are. Also, equity
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