What we have created in agriculture is a massive theater of natural selection for drug-resistant mutant bacteria, which can infect humans.
Year-to-year variations in climate, including rainfall and the length of the growing season, remain the greatest determinant of agricultural productivity and the cost of food.
When it’s gone, it will be very difficult to supply phosphorus to crops without major expense, and there is no substitute.
With liberal assumptions, the maximum apparent rate of carbon sequestration in biochar is only about 2% of the current annual emissions of carbon, as carbon dioxide, to the atmosphere from fossil fuel combustion
Alas, the size of this year’s ozone hole over Antarctica was among the largest ever. And the remaining ozone layer was exceptionally thin.
Some types of food can be grown more efficiently overseas and shipped to the point of use, with less overall energy use.
Short of eating endangered species, eating beef is probably the worst choice you can make vis-à-vis sustainability of the human enterprise on the planet
If we could do even something small about the rise of N2O in Earth’s atmosphere, it could have a big contribution to solving the problem of global climate change.
the change in climate will unravel some of the historical vineyards.
These observations of rainfall chemistry should reinforce the notion that the atmosphere is not a global commons where stuff can be deposed willy-nilly.