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Don’t Feed 9 Billion People. Feed the Soil.

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Tired of all that pressure? Here’s a solution that will take some of the load off, and still feed 9 Billion people.

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Here’s an idea. Let’s not do it any more. Let’s not say “We have to feed 9 B
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Author and editor emeritus

Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.


  1. Well said. Thanks, Rachel.

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      Jeff and Ray are the real heroes here. We were so lucky to be able to pass along their valuable insights. We’re really glad you have enjoyed reading about this topic. Stay tuned for more next week…

  2. Chip Hines says:

    Great explanation, Rachel!

  3. bill elkins says:

    The Haney soil test (Ward Labs, inc) has alleviated much of my concern as to whether the soil in my pastures has the biological muscle to provide the roots of my grasses with enough nutrients to make up for the chemical fertilizer that I no longer buy..At least this test provides hard numbers by which one can track changes in fertility through time.. Until I found it I was just running on the seeming good sense and experience of other farmers who have been advocating “biological farming”. Now I can see whether their observations apply to my own soil.


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