In this episode, I interviewed Gabe Brown, a rancher who is a veteran no-tiller and the owner of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, N.D..
We discussed Gabe’s experience farming without applying any fertilizers, the ability to feed more people with regenerative agriculture than with the current system, the economics of grazing beef, and the tremendous opportunity of growing non-commodity crops. This episode is a great look at the practical applications of regenerative agriculture systems.
Gabe's new book, Dirt to Soil, will be available in fall 2018 from Chelsea Green and Amazon.
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Episode 2 - Gabe Brown - Highlights
0:02:40 - What moments have lead Gabe to where he is today?
0:04:40 - What were the key pieces Gabe changed to how he had been farming?
0:07:20 - How important is it to incorporate livestock?
0:12:00 - Commodity crop mindset
0:16:40 - Do we actually have a food production problem?
0:20:50 - Iowa’s change from 1946
0:25:00 - Agriculture is fun again!
0:26:20 - We have a model of agriculture antagonistic to growers core values
0:28:30 - Can we increase meat consumption globally and produce an equivalent or greater amount of meat using the system Gabe has described?
0:32:40 - Growing food as medicine
0:34:10 - What has really puzzled Gabe?
0:38:20 - What has surprised Gabe?
0:40:40 - What synthetic fertilisers has Gabe been using?
0:43:40 - What does Gabe believe to be true about modern agriculture that others don’t believe to be true?
0:47:00 - Most growers haven’t observed truly healthy plants
0:48:20 - What is the biggest opportunity in agriculture today?
0:51:00 - What is a book or resource Gabe recommends?
0:53:30 - What ideas and technology is Gabe excited about for the future of agriculture?
0:58:00 - What actions would you recommend for growers?
1:01:50 - What question does Gabe wish John had asked?
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