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Dumbing Down Our Food

Real Billions and Real Trillions

While I was searching for images of life in the soil, I came upon the following on Sweet Bay Farm’s website (see above). They’re working to restore soils depleted by decades of monoculture—the continual cultivation of a single crop, in this case tobacco—so this picture of several earthworm tunnels in a clod does not yet suggest anything teeming.

A Conversation With Jeff Moyer

Jeff, before we begin, I want to thank you for the images of the jars of water, one with soil rich in organic matter and one with the dissolved murkiness of soil that is deficient in carbon. Ever since you showed those images during a public talk a decade or so ago, the comparison has stuck with me.

Colorado Soil Systems Receives 0% Loan

In 2016, Colorado Soil Systems received a $15,000 zero-percent loan from the 2Forks Club. This loan allowed us to establish a fruit-tree rootstock nursery to preserve indigenous trees that grow in the valley; purchase irrigation supplies, fencing, and soil amendments; and embark on a vegetable- and flower- production operation.

Reader Interactions


  1. Jerry Cunningham says

    When I picture the Wall St. Thugs, I picture is The Walking Dead – them along with all their equally ignorant kin in the rest of America – we are walking dead people in the making.

    Sixty-Six Million Hectares of Genetically Modified farm land in the U.S. – and where would Twinkies be without my tax dollar enabling Corn-Kings to produce High Fructose Corn Syrup from genetically modified corn?

    And where would they be without a very corrupt USDA as the rotten grape on the vine of corporate dominance of mine and your government – the Lawmakers the Regulators and the K-Street pipers.

    I just hope that we will awaken from our gross inattention to the basics of our soil-food connection to our vibrant Earth.

    Thanks to all of “Slow Money” for fighting the good fight…


  2. Kathy Jernigan says

    I’m interested in connecting with other people in Alabama and Georgia who are part of your movement. My sisters and I will likely inherit a small 30 acres of old farm land in the future and I’d like to build my knowledge of options for sustainable farming.

    I don’t have alot of time to devote but would like to connect locally in Atlanta. Any suggestions? kathy

  3. Rick says

    The manufactured substance named Twinkies is understandably something that should not be consumed. That aside: 18,000 people out of work. And more considering the so-called supply chain. Whatever solutions come to mind, imaginative or not, are probably moot. The redirection of any ‘American’ industry is problematic without a restructuring plan implemented by ‘government’ and even then it usually is sub par and the aim is not to create viable jobs making a ‘product’ that is genuinely ‘nutritious and delicious’. Celbrating the demise of Hostess is actually rather odd,as it is indeed a tragedy in so many ways, ongoing over the years in terms of food, now interms of employ. The knaves who lord over it, no matter the trajectory of thoswe below, escape with a wad of cash.

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