I just published a short blog post for Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT), which discusses my new research on the use of biosolids (i.e. treated sanitation sludge) in Midwestern agricultural landscapes.
“Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. Microbes living in soil with plenty of carbon, rich in organic matter to turn into energy, don’t have to eat the cotton. Bacteria in carbon-poor soil will eat what they can scavenge.” Read more here
Here’s a short video produced by one of my students in which I discuss the vision behind the Hub Community Garden in downtown Muncie, Indiana.
Fair Oaks Farms has used livestock waste for years to power its operations.With its $12 million digester, it’s now using manure to produce natural gas to power its delivery trucks.
Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman was sued for patent infringement by the seed company Monsanto but now he is fighting back. More about the case can be read here.
Herbicide-resistant “super weeds” are leading some to actively seeking out a robotic remedy. Read about it here.