Kernza

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Today I found a box on my doorstep that will change civilization. 100 lbs of perennial grain seed. 'Kernza' is the first perennial grain to be domesticated by humans. Its a game-changer for humanity. Here's why. ⠀

The computers we work on, the cities and towns we live in, the cars we drive, our good health entirely hinges on an agricultural revolution that started 10,000 year ago. The domestication of crops and livestock allowed hunters and gathers to settle down and spend time solving problems beyond simply feeding ourselves. Modern grains like wheat, rye, barley, corn, soybeans and rice are all products of that revolution. ⠀

However, these grains are annual - they must be replanted every year for a new harvest. 1/3 of all the land on Earth is used to grow such crops. However, annual cropping systems create some of the largest environmental damages that will not carry us sustainably into the future. Annual grains require tillage and cause soil erosion, rely on massive inputs of fertilizer, often require irrigation and are grown in vast monocultures that demand herbicides and pesticide. ⠀

Kernza doesn't require these practices and can be cultivated in a polyculture with other plants to create diversity, resilience and healthy, carbon-rich soil. In the future, when water is the new oil, when soil is gold, when nature is used as measure, we will look back to Kernza as the beginning of a new agricultural revolution. ⠀

Mad Ag is bringing Kernza to the Mountain West. Get ready! ⠀

Thank you Land Institute for leading the way. Thanks @plovgh for organizing producers and distribution. Revolutions come from the margins. Revolutions start on doorsteps. ⠀

Folks leading the way: @patagoniaprovisions @patagonia@thebigwonderful @dumplingandstrand@perennialplate @theperennialsf@hopworksbeer @generalmills@cascadianfarm @venturaspirits@biencuitnyc #kernza #longrootale

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