Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson

  • United States, WA, Auburn
"A holistic approach to climate-smart agriculture addresses the climate crisis while also meeting demand for food production, clean water, and thriving rural economies. Some great innovations that support these objectives receive far too little notice. The USDA should seek insights from innovative land stewards, particularly Indigenous communities and people of color, many of whom have long grown and consumed food in ways that benefit both their communities and land. This approach to regenerative agriculture --- a land management system that supports the entire ecosystem --- allows farmers to grow food, fuel, and fiber while enriching, instead of depleting, the soil and environment."

https://www.agdaily.com/insights/farmers-can-provide-solutions-climate-change-usda-must-support/

Categories: Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Ag Policy

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Economically freer nations have cleaner natural environments, a study from the Yale Center for Environmental Policy and Law, and others have found. In my study of agricultural history, I have found that this also applies to the agricultural community. I have searched for several years to find any single segment of society or people group that has a "best practices" that surpasses those which are commonly accepted, and quite frankly haven't found one with the statistical data to quantify such a statement. Generally speaking, people are people and want to care for the land that they are tied to. A potato, regardless of where it is grown, needs exactly the same water, nutrients and everything else for sustainment (https://youtu.be/kw1WZ9QeDmk - from time to time I execute 'agricultural interpretation'). With one exception, I have yet to meet a Land Grant University professor, Cooperative Extension employee, or farmer who would not take input from (or share experiences with) anyone, save the one time. That occasion had nothing to do with ethnicity or cultural background, rather it had to do with the politics of my military background (I was uninvited from a farm in Maine when the farmer - who I am told moved there in the 70's - found out I was retired military). This was an anomaly, and by no means was it statistically significant.
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