Can your beans do that?
A podcast by Farmer Sledge (aka Cedric Shannon)
Musings on how raising and eating rotationally-grazed meats is an unparalleled venue to address a host of issues; ranging from carbon sequestration to the diabetes epidemic to the decline of rural communities. The podcasts are best listened to in chronological order as many concepts build on each other.
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#1 A Tale Of Two Paradigms
Introduction and defining terms in the context of how I understand the difference between conventional-industrial farming and regenerative or sustainable agriculture.
#2 Eating Is Nature's Currency
Eating our way back to environmental health.
#3 Information Highways
Behind the scenes, systems are maintained by exchange of information at the micro level.
#4 Waste Not
In which I zip through a ridiculously simplified history of Western philosophy, and then address the most over-looked feedback loop of them all.
#5 Beyond Mitigation (Can Your Beans Do That?)
Highlighting the shortcomings of approaching answers simply through mitigation.
#6 When Organic Makes The Grade pt 1
I eat a lot of organic vegetables. Boy do I eat those veggies. Then why do I insist on bringing up the 'dark' side of vegetable operations? In order to distinguish the baby from the bathwater, I discuss the difficult hurdles vegetable growers, as well as grain growers, face in order to meaningfully call their agriculture regenerative.
# 7 When Organic Makes The Grade pt 2
Helping is an art. And when done improperly, can cause great harm and foster dependency. What applies to aid in Africa has pertinence to ameliorating soil when vegetable farming. Appropriate inputs are vital, but so is appropriate scale.
#8 A Web Of Issues; Animal Welfare (mostly)
In order to remain successful and regenerative at the same time, a farm must keep a number of issues synergistically in tension. Championing one at the expense of others typically results in a warped operation. Big thanks to Natasha Shannon who is now my coach and editor.