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Photo by Christian Yonkers

Agriculture, Place, and Belonging

Photo by Christian Yonkers

Dirt, roots, and belonging

I grew up on an organic hobby farm. In hindsight, it was organic by accident: How we farmed was the result of an “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” relationship with the land. Up until the time I left for college, my relationship with the land and its careful stewardship rooted me into a place.

  • 1800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef
  • 17.6 pounds of carbon dioxide produced from a gallon of milk
  • The average distance of 1500 miles produce travels from farm to table
  • The loss of US topsoil at a rate 10x faster than nature’s ability to replenish it
  • 668 million metric tons of CO2 from U.S. agriculture every year (that’s 10% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions)
  • An all-time high farm debt over $416 billion
  • More than half of US farmers losing money every year since 2013
  • A US farmer suicide rate five times greater than the rest of the population
Photo by Benjamin Massello on Unsplash

Production as a corporate prerogative

Remote production = death of place

“For our healing we have on our side one great force: the power of Creation, with good care, with kindly use, to heal itself.”



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Christian Wayne Yonkers

A Michigan-based journalist and photographer creating content for environmental and social change.