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WATCH: Woody Tasch: Industrial Agriculture Is Depleting the Soil

Author Woody Tasch (Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered) sat down with the folks at Thrive Right Now to discuss how industrial agriculture is devastating the soil. Normally, the organic matter in healthy soil makes up about 5% of its composition. Industrial agriculture, however, creates soil with only about 1% organic matter. And synthetic chemicals only kill more of the beneficial organisms necessary for healthy soil and a thriving food system. We’re killing the soil.

Woody concedes that we do need a certain amount of large-scale agriculture, and even conventional preservatives (not sure I agree with him there), but it’s a question of balance. It’s kind of like steroids, says Woody: in the short term, you’ll see positive results quickly. In the long term, the system will end up completely trashed, whether it be the soil on Big Ag, or the human body on steroids.

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Chelsea Green Weekly for May 5, 2017

Ever wonder what your favorite Chelsea Green authors do between writing groundbreaking–both literally and figuratively–books? Here are the best links and resources for your weekend reading pleasure. Let’s start with The Alzheimer’s Antidote. The Alzheimer’s Antidote Amy Berger has been making the rounds on the health, wellness, and fitness circuit, explaining the theories behind her revolutionary […] Read More

Q&A with Kate Raworth about her radical new book, DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS

Q: First things first: Why did you want to write this book? A: I studied economics at university 25 years ago because I wanted to make a difference in the world and believed that economics – the mother tongue of public policy – would best equip me to do that. Instead, its theories left me […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More

Prehistory of the Next American Revolution

What now? A new Revolution? If we are to counter the dangers both of corporate domination and of traditional forms of socialist statism, decentralization is essential—both of economic institutions and of political structure. We are at a point in our nation’s history that could, decades from now, be taught as the prehistory of the next […] Read More
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