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Crop Diversity is Not the Cause

Posted by Andrew McGuire | July 19, 2021
I previously covered reasons why the results of many biodiversity studies do not apply to agriculture. Here, I want to emphasize a related issue: how…

How Do Grocery and Meal Kit Deliveries Impact the Carbon Footprint of Our Food?

Posted by Nicole Bell | July 1, 2021
I explored opportunities to reduce environmental impact related to food preparation and food waste in previous Perspectives on Sustainability articles. However, transportation in the food…

Lessons from Recycling Policy Can Inform Compost Policy

Posted by Michael Brady | April 8, 2021
Washington State House Bill 1543 was signed into law in 2019 by Governor Jay Inslee in an attempt to avert a complete collapse of recycling…

Biodiversity, Healthy Soils, and their Combination in Regenerative Agriculture can Reduce but not Replace Fertilizer

Posted by Andrew McGuire | March 15, 2021
“Dependent on off-farm inputs…” Can it be otherwise? People inside and outside of science like to point to how nature needs no inputs, yet still…

Vermifiltration: A low-cost, environmentally sustainable way to treat dairy waste?

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | February 15, 2021
What do you call the worm that ate Mozart? A DECOMPOSER! But for one central Washington dairy, a treatment system is using worms, not to…

Why Ecological Biodiversity Research Results Seldom Apply to Agriculture

Posted by Andrew McGuire | February 4, 2021
Ecologists, agroecologists, and regenerative agriculture advocates are promoting biodiversity to solve many of agriculture’s problems. They often base this on evidence of the benefits of…

Closing the Loop: How Well Could Fertilizer Derived from Dairy Manure Meet Crop Nitrogen Demand in Whatcom County, Washington

Posted by Karen Hills | January 6, 2021
Manure can play a valuable role in crop production because of its ability to build soil fertility and soil health. Ironically, manure can pose a…

How Interested are Crop Farmers in Using a Fertilizer Derived from Dairy Manure?

Posted by Karen Hills | December 9, 2020
It used to be that livestock and crops were integrated on a single farm and manure provided an important source of fertility for crop production.…

It’s All About the Critters: Who Can Remove Nitrogen from Dairy Waste?

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | November 12, 2020
Here is an ammonia joke for you: Why do chemistry students like studying ammonia? Because it’s pretty basic stuff! So basic, in fact, that high…

Municipal Compost Use in Agriculture: A Question of Cost and Value

Posted by Karen Hills | September 23, 2020
Composting rather than landfilling organic waste, such as food waste and yard trimmings, has several benefits from a climate perspective. A recent study in Washington…
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