Episode 9

Episode 9_This Is Regenerative Agriculture Show Notes


David Montgomery, University of Washington Professor, Author

Twitter: @dig2grow

Website: dig2grow.com


Recommended Further Reading:

Article: Junk Food is Bad for Plants Too

Article: Trading biodiversity for pest problems


Episode Summary by the Minute:


Minute 00:00: Opening with Erin & Allyson

Minute 3:00: Introduction to David

Minute 7:00: David explains regegnerative agriculture and why it’s so important today.

Minute 10:40: David explains how farmers he’s visited, around the world, improve their soils. There are 3 main practices: (1) don’t disturb the soil too much (2) have cover crops and (3) plant a diversity of crops.

Minute 13:20: “Let nature farm for you.”

Minute 15:00: to build a good soil, you have to reduce erosion.

Minute 18:00: Impacts of using synthetic fertilizers.

Minute 24:30: Why societies have failed after they’re degraded their soil.

Minute 27:30: Societies that don’t take care of the land - the soil also doesn’t take care of the societies.

Minute 30:00: David discussed how we can offset a huge portion of our nitrogen fertilizer use.

Minute 31:00: How can we encourage a change in behavior? What makes David optimistic about regenerative agricultural practices.

Minute 33:30: how policy can shift behavior, even those of CAFOs and conventional farms.

Minute 42:00: Organic versus conventional versus organic-ish.

Minute 47:00: How diverse does the crop need to be? It depends where and how you’re growing crops.

Minute 50:00: The role of carbon in the soil is really important; it’s tied to high soil fertility. Regenerative practices rebuild soil carbon.

Minute 54:00: David explains his background and how his career led him to this work.

Minute 58:00: How we can follow along and support David’s work -Twitter, buy the books, and grow your own garden and pay attention to the soil!

Minute 1:00:47: David’s book recommendations.

Minute 1:03:00: David’s easy habit changes- make some compost!

Erin Delawalla