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A Farmer Who Wants to Go Beyond Organic (forbes.com)
15 points by ciconia 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments



For clarity, there is no specific equipment use requirement to be certified organic in the USA.

The statement “To achieve certification, Peterson restored 40-year-old cultivation equipment” implies such an action.

Peterson could have bought or leased new or used equipment.

See background: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/who_needs...

Also, the story mentions the number of farms that are certified organic but that is not the only metric to consider: number of acres certified organic, revenue of the organic ecosystem by year, revenue by sector, organic imports, etc.

See details https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Orga...


You are correct. I suspect the reason he uses old machines is that with 80 acres, he doesn’t generate the free cash flow for anything other than picking over the junk pile.


Yes, this is important.

Regenerative Agriculture is ranked #11 in Project Drawdown's list of solutions to climate change, higher than offshore wind turbines (#22), nuclear (#20), or electric cars (#49) [0].

This will be a political battle first and foremost, as so much farming activity depends on subsidy incentives favouring conventional methods.

[0] https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/regenerative-agricul...


I am 100% behind the concept, but there needs to be a demonstration of scalability. 80 acres in Western Minnesota isn’t a farm, it is a hobby. Maybe with 10x the land, you could earn a living and support a family. 80 acres is a collection of small research demonstration plots.




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