Biologist Eva Stricker works with hog farmer Zach Withers and rancher Emily Cornell to study—and quantify—how compost works to heal degraded agricultural lands. So far the results are promising.
The science of farm and rangeland is often incomprehensible to the people on the land. We talk to On Pasture magazine founder Kathy Voth, whose mission is to make science accessible to people who need it–and to help keep them from being bamboozled by the latest agriculture fads.
Are there underlying laws of biological organisms, as there are laws of physics? What fundamental rules govern living things, and how do these rules map onto human-created communities? Geoffrey West walks us through these questions, and their far-reaching implications for long-term sustainability.