Into the Pasture: Grassfed Goes Mainstream
Carrie Balkcom grew up on a cattle ranch in Florida. In 2003 she returned to her roots when she became the executive director of the American Grassfed Association at its founding–and she’s been there ever since. AGA certifies pasture-raised livestock–and not just beef–and they help producers develop and sustain regenerative practices for the sake of the animals, the land, and the consumer.
The 2nd photo is of the kind of cowboys and land where Balkcom comes from. Photo courtesy of the founders of Rain Crow Ranch.
With the best of intentions and technological innovation, we have broken the world’s water cycle. Now, says water expert Sandra Postel, we need to work with nature in order to restore it—if we want to survive, thrive, and, well, eat.
Dr. Emeran Mayer connects the human and soil microbiomes—both stretched to their limits and beyond by today’s diet, lifestyle, and industrial practices. And he tells us how we can eat and grow food in a way that heals the body, the economy, and the planet.
Reese Baker has a vision for greening urban landscapes—and he wants to make Santa Fe an example of how to do it, by catching rainwater from roofs, streets, and parking lots, and channeling it into gardens, trees, and soil.