Bringing Back the Soil with Elaine Ingham

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 11:40

This PDF contains the slides from a webinar by Dr. Ingham. It details the history of agricultural soil mis/management, why we need to respect the soil food web, and how we can solve soil problems with appropriate compost and compost tea. It includes a case study of Governors Island, NY and ends with a sales pitch for Ingham's classes.

Right Under Your Feet: Soil Health and the Climate Crisis

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 16:00

This 18 page PDF from the Climate Reality Project is another great explanation of why soil ecology is important and how to foster it, at home, on the farm, and in government incentives.… Health and Climate Change.pdf

Glyphosate and gluten intolerance

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 17:37

This article from the December 2013 issue of Interdisciplinary Toxicology and archived by the National Institutes of Health makes the case that glyphosate herbicide applied to wheat could be the cause of the rise in celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, and intestinal infection. The mechanism is "leaky gut syndrome" combined with an imbalance of gut bacteria and enzyme depletion. The authors go on to suggest that glyphosate may be causing a variety of other disorders as well.

UC Davis SoilWeb

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Fri, 03/06/2020 - 16:00

For years I've been demonstrating the UC Davis SoilWeb site as a way to get official USDA information about the soil in a particular location. At last night's class, one of the students pointed out that there's now a SoilWeb app for Android and iOS that will show the data for your current location -- but only for your current location.

Plants feed mycorrhizae lipids as well as carbs

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:51

This article is from 2017 but deserves reading: for years we had been told that plants only fed simple carbohydrates -- what Dr. Elaine Ingham likes to call "cakes and cookies" -- to their symbiotic fungi, but it turns out that the mycorrhizae actually alter the plant's biochemistry so that the plant feeds them fatty acids as well. So put some cream cheese frosting on those cakes and cookies!

Building Science for Strawbale Buildings

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 14:57

Back when I was a home energy auditor for Efficiency Kansas, we were given a crash course in "building science" that made a lot of assumptions about how buildings are built and what they're made of. While those assumptions were safe for the houses I was auditing, I couldn't help wondering about the naturally built structures my friends had made from strawbales and cob and such.