The Beef Initiative - Launching first of January 2022
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday celebration with those who you hold near and dear. We are moving forward at lightning speed. Your participation and engagement is an honor.
This next year will be one of the biggest transformational years in our modern-day food supply industries.
It is time to get very intentional about your consumption. We have an arsenal of intelligence at our disposal, guest writers, and scheduled podcast interviews. This is a movement and community of interconnected peoples whose intentions and purpose are to create a beef industry with national and international reach.
It is happening. Listen in at the Texas Slim Podcast by clicking the button below
I feel love, on so many different levels.
As we manipulate or should you say as we develop and navigate our perceived love do we get closer to the truth or to the lies?
To associate love with something unproven and not verified, well that is nothing but a sign of bad taste. But then again, love is not seen but felt and understood, nurtured, and quantified in an amount that does hold any measurement attached to it.
I feel love, I feel fragile but I am strong and that brings me peace as ever.
How are you feeling these days? Are you scared or are you empowered? Are you at peace and nurturing?
Are you in an excellent relationship that is flowing like water (flowing like water or budding like a new flower) or are do you feel all alone and are perhaps searching for that next level of fragility and new taste of love?
We are all in our current situations in life at this time in history. I like to write on Sunday mornings; it lets me get a current perspective.
What is your perspective moving forward? Are you happy? Are you afraid? Are you yearning? What is it that drives your perspective? Maybe a hint of an outlaw spirit or have you thrown in the towel and you’re just going to sit back and allow this lie to continue without saying a thing. Are you going to keep on saying:
“But it tastes so good.”
You have been lied to and if you don’t think so you are living in the dark.
Perspective takes some time. It requires some skill set. It demands a form of critical thinking. With my personal experiences, I, unfortunately, don’t come across enough people who have this ability.
There needs to be more love at this time.
I experienced some cool love yesterday when I went to visit my best friend.
“I spent the day with people who love each other and they love me, and that is all that matters, right?”
This was a quote my friend shared with me as we sat in his living room in his 1950’s style ranch house that has a brick fireplace.
I pulled my phone out and sent myself a text of this quote.
As our conversation continued, into the depths similar to the darkest parts of the ocean; we came up for air as he then asked if I wanted to see the “Greenhouse?”
The Greenhouse Hour
I asked someone close to me to give me some words. I do this to create outlines. I have a good list to talk about the Greenhouse Hour.
As my friend and I stepped into his backyard and left the deep conversation of the warmth of the fireside chat, we felt the cool and crisp air surround us as the snow started falling. It was New Year’s day and it was perfect.
I saw a structure that was mostly windows. It was a small house that had a clear view. It was strong and it was simple. It was built with material that had been left behind. It had love, and fragility, and a sense of peace
At first glance, it gave me a sense of peace. Peace of mind that made me feel welcome and invited.
My friend is a husband, father, artist, master carpenter, and has raised 8 children. All homeschooled and all highly versed in love, peace, and truth. Loving themselves and the foundational concept of what it takes.
This man and this family know how to love and how to fight for it.
I am going to write a full sequence on the greenhouse in a different series about regenerative living.
As we discussed the construction and how he approached the engineering I asked him what the greenhouse now meant to him that it was built. He said “collaboration.”
He began to elaborate
He and his wife (I will introduce them later on down the line) have been together since around 1981. Four decades. They have lived and they have created. They understand cycles, the challenges that come with standing by your partner, and, most of all they have a grip on what it is to Love.
As I listened, I painted a picture of his words in my mind. That is how I work best when I am focused and concentrated.
The image I Imagined could be best described as “fragile.”
I carved up their marriage into four slots, each slot being a different point in time that had a different view. The windows were there and I could see some “strength” that existed but not quite achieved.
With the frame built it was able to support the windows with a little bit of “nurturing.” In carpentry you understand nurturing, in art, you understand nurturing.
Each time slot, each decade of love, inserted new faces into the picture. Each child that came arrived with a very unique and exciting perspective to be celebrated, nurtured, and respected. It would require some vision and a good bit of solid communication.
My friends achieved this form of communication. It was hard-fought but it was a collaboration. It had an unspoken verification that was represented by the spirit of that family.
That spirit had a lot of “self” in it. Can you imagine the abundance of personality and opportunity of conflict that took place under their roof? I laugh when I can picture a Friday night in their household.
Each one of us is a very powerful person which starts with knowing what our true “self” is. Once we start getting a good idea of our “self” we start protecting. We defend our state of mind, we yearn for validation, we stake our claim.
This is an orchestration that is the American family. It has some heritage to it. The good, bad, and the ugly of all of it, but especially and the most important aspect of it is the Love of it.
How much do you love each day? How much do you get forced into a situation or a conversation that requires a dip into your bucket of love?
It should be every second of every day. It isn’t and we are all guilty of not making this our priority. We are striving.
When you first start out on any type of adventure, exploration, known challenge, you create some “hope,” and alongside hope comes the list of words I mentioned above.
Hope gives you a window, that window allows you to see a vision that you want to become symbiotic as if with a dream. Hope is magic, it is faith, it is love wrapped up in the peace of something greater than yourself
Each day we navigate our lives we have a desire to be symbiotic with something far bigger than we ourselves are. Love is that foundation. It is the pathway.
As I listen to my friend I can see the chaos and the absolute opportunity for fragility, but what I start seeing is a glance into a form of innocence. We are all innocent, we are moving forward in a way that we can all agree. At one point in time, we were innocent little souls that knew nothing, all we inherently understood was nurturing and a spirit of love. To honor that innocence is strength, it is a state of mind that requires a sense of “agency.”
I believe there is a spirit out there right now that is trying to eliminate that sense of “agency” that is required to protect that innocence. I know that it is occurring through this Covid narrative and I know that it has and is continuing to move forward through our food supply.
I have agency, my friend has agency, he and his family have proven this. Time with my friend is valuable to me, we have very deep talks that keep me grounded, he is like my brother in many ways. This is important for me and it needs to be important to you as well. You need this type of Love in your life. You deserve it, you owe it to yourself to protect that innocence. It is your gateway to your personal freedom.
I believe we are all collectively focused on one thing these days. If you are reading this and are in the Bitcoin space you are on a quest for “truth.”
I hear a lot of “truth” in my friend's story and in that greenhouse. Above and beyond anything I see honesty in color.
We all have the chance to put our foot down right now and work on a lot of “faith.” That “faith” is going to get us through. We are smart, we are intelligent and we know that there is a fight ahead of us.
Bring it on, I am prepared and I am confident. This year is going to be a year of truth and my number one commitment is that I am going to speak a lot of it.
I am building my strategy and it is looking good in my mind's eye. I have a good picture.
We are about to launch the Beef Initiative platform.
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Stay engaged and please start changing your lifestyle. Let’s get some food intelligence into the conversation on a daily basis.
Our children deserve it. Our future family deserves it.
The story of my friend and the greenhouse has just started. This was just a little tease into the eye of a storm that you want to know more about.
I am happy, I am joyous these days. My focus is getting lasered in. I am ready to “Burn the Boats.” Are you?
One thing my father taught me was that “acceptance is the key” I accept that I am not going to compromise the love that is in my heart and who I am.
Fight for that freedom to love in your way.
Now let’s move on to a continued series from our guest writer -clemenza
The Pursuit of New and Productive Soil
An excerpt by George Washington describes the struggles many of the early colonists faced in finding ways to sustain life through food production and generating sustainable economic value through the production of Tobacco and other cash crops.
"A few years more of increased sterility will drive the Inhabitants of the Atlantic States westward for support; whereas if they were taught how to improve the old, instead of going in pursuit of new and productive soil, they would make these acres which now scarcely yield them anything, turn out beneficial to themselves."
From Europe to America. From Land to Lab.
The food system has been on the run for years in search of higher levels of production. As mentioned in last week’s article, however, focusing solely on the production of food without addressing some of the negative externalities of the production process itself has led to the downfall of many major civilizations throughout history. At the current juncture, the food production system rests on top of the underlying agenda to move from the land to the lab. Migrating from the pastures to a more controlled setting allows the input variables and output factors in the process to fall under a more precisely designed and managed process. But, as we see the rise of lab-grown food products such as Beyond Meat become more normalized, it begs the question of whether other options exist to more adequately address the three core food production questions:
Can we produce enough food to sustain the expected population growth?
Can we produce enough food to sustain the expected population growth in an environmentally conscious way?
Can we produce enough food to sustain the expected population growth in a way that supports the highest level of sustenance of the end consumer at the most reasonable prices?
The Land Solution and the Lab Solution
The three core questions mentioned above demand more consideration from a broader contingency of people – or in other words it is time to find your food intelligence.
Specifically, ask yourself in what order do these questions need to be addressed?
As a thought experiment, take lab-grown food - if you even dare to call it food. If lab-grown food can help feed the world, does it satisfy the nutritional requirements for a higher percentage of people to flourish relative to other forms of food production? Take regenerative agriculture, for instance - can it restore the planet and provide the highest nutritional factor of food for people, while operating on a scale large enough to feed the world? These thought experiments dilute the questions into three interconnected concepts – the collective humanity, the environment, and the individual. The next part of the question is to ask what are some possible ways to most adequately address these different participants in the food system?
For instance, prioritizing humanity is most certainly the end goal, but can we accomplish that without addressing environmental complications in the food system? History would tell you, based on thousands of years of societal collapses, that the answer is no. At the same token, can optimizing for an individual’s optimal nutrition occur in a world with a depleted environment. Again, history would tell you no.
Prioritizing the environment provides the luxury to continue to grow concerned about addressing the other two problems - the individual and humanity. Said differently, we no longer can ponder the question of nutritional optimization or whether humans can produce enough food if we continue to deplete the environment at the current rate. To quantify the current mounting environmental crisis, the estimated rate of world soil erosion across the globe is occurring 20 times faster than the natural geological rate. None of these dilemmas offer a simple singular answer, however, if modern society wants to avoid the ecological woes of failed civilizations of the past, addressing the environmental concerns remains as true now as it did when George Washington saw the destructive practices in the early Americas used. Migrating some of the food systems to labs may work to temporarily solve part of the problem but avoiding restoring fertility to the land altogether poses a quiet risk with substantial societal implications.
For these reasons and many others, it has become apparent to many farmers and food system professionals that Regenerative Agriculture practices demand more attention from all participants from policymakers to your vegan environmentalist friend up the street. The basis of the Regenerative Agriculture movement operates from a first principals’ mindset in more ways than one – more clearly stated preserving the environment is the first order of business in regard to creating a sustainable food system for the future, healthy individuals, and thriving humanity. But what exactly does that look like? What practices need to be implemented in order to shift our focus to a more sustainable, localized, and prosperous future?
Basic Principals of Regenerative Agriculture
The principals of the Regenerative Agriculture movement are centered around Gabe Brown’s 5 Principals of Soil Health:
Armor the Soil Surface
Keep Living Roots in the Soil
These practices typically require no-till farming to limit soil disruption, diverse cover crops, crop rotations, on-farm fertility, minimized use of herbicides, and avoiding all pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Lastly, it involves integrating livestock back onto the land too. At its core, the Regenerative Agriculture movement stands to restore the land by creating environments that mimic nature as opposed to pumping the soil full of chemicals to increase crop production.
Taking it one step further, Regenerative Agriculture aims to restore the natural evolutionary functions that the production model has taught people to destruct. Specifically, these regenerative methods promote better carbon cycling, energy, water, and microbial cycling as well as better overall community dynamics.
Carbon Cycle: Refueling the Soil and Purifying the Air
Greenhouse gas pollution has long been discussed by environmentalists as a major concern as it relates to climate change. Carbon emissions is a hot-button topic, however, less discussed in the mainstream narrative is the potential to use the soil to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Currently, agriculture accounts for roughly 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, however, studies show that agriculture can act as a 15 to 20% greenhouse gas offset or negative contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon in the soil, in large part due to conventional farming practices, has been drained. Will Harris, who runs White Oak Pastures in Georgia, discusses the difference between organic matter on his farm and his neighbor’s farm on his amazing blog post the Cycles of Nature.
The picture above shows the difference between essentially dead, infertile soil and the White Oak Pastures soil. The sample is taken from land 50 feet apart from each other and it shows the true essence of regenerative practices – protecting the soil and restoring the soil can lead to better outcomes for the planet and people.
A key component of restoring the carbon into the soil involves mimicking nature in a way that it recognizes, which includes adding animals to the fields to help with nutrient cycling. However, if you have been paying attention, environmentalist and the mainstream narrative has been cracking down on beef as a critically harmful contributor to climate change. Entire books have been written on the environmental impacts of beef, both positive and negative, with the mainstream narrative remaining largely inconclusive. The collective confusion around beef deserves an article to itself. Since cattle and livestock production plays a component of a larger system that stands to offer huge promises in reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, it seems foolish to blindly dismiss the positive effects cattle and livestock can have on the carbon sequestration process.
Lastly, in a study conducted by Will Harris of White Oak Pastures, a third-party named Quantis concluded that the carbon footprint of Will’s farm in Georgia had a net negative effect, which ranked higher than conventional beef, Beyond Burger, and soybean production in the US. When George Washington talked about his vision for restoring the old soil in the original farmland, he grasped a vision for a regenerative future.
Written by returning guest writer clemenza - follow him on Twitter.
Generational Wealth with Bitcoin
by: Guest writer, Tink: bitcoinbabybee.
What is Generational Wealth?
Oftentimes, this is called legacy wealth or family wealth. It is the representation of wealth passed down from one generation to the next, of a considerable amount of assets both tangible and intangible, continuously in the same family. Generational wealth is inherited wealth. For the simplicity of definitions, tangible assets are physical assets, things an individual can touch such as cash, real estate, etc. While intangible assets are the opposite and include trademark data, goodwill built upon a business over many years, patents, etc. For the purposes of this article, bitcoin falls under the definition of both an intangible and tangible asset.
The bitcoin an individual can accumulate over their lifetime is considered to be intangible and tangible because bitcoin cannot be physically held or touched like gold, and bitcoin cannot be dumped into a suitcase and carried. However, the cold-wallet(s) where bitcoin is stored is tangible and can be held, moved, and carried. By contrast, gold is a tangible asset because it can be held, touched, and carried around. However, gold is outdated and quite heavy, if an individual needed to move it to a safer location; the logistics around that simple move would require extensive planning and preparation. Cold wallets and bitcoin require significantly far less yet carry equal amount of stressors on the owner.
Over the last 12 months; from January 2020 until January 2021, gold and bitcoin have gone head to head with their pricing on data charts. However, in October 2021 we see that bitcoin pulls ahead and quite significantly. The change in percentage indicates that bitcoin rose 294.3% while gold rose 23.4% I will attribute this to the slow, mainstream adoption of bitcoin, network, and ease of use in countries adopting it as legal tender (El Salvador in September 2021).
How does this affect bitcoin for generational wealth?
Simply put: It makes bitcoin stronger and more valuable. The scarcity associated with bitcoin, 21 Million in supply, helps to drive that value. As of this writing, 99.9% of people would have $29.94 worth of bitcoins per personbitcoinsperperson.com. Continually, bitcoin will surpass expectations with fewer and fewer pullbacks in price and as time goes on the price (or value if you will) shall continue to stabilize. With the stabilization of value, bitcoin will become a stronger currency, enabling individuals to leverage houses and cars (gain mortgages) against their bitcoin collateral and use bitcoin for the purchase of everyday items.
The generational wealth can only be incurred once the price of bitcoin stabilizes, increases, and globally individuals understand it is a true treasure trove of value. It is important to realize that as price stabilizes, the more valuable bitcoin becomes. By stacking sats daily, DCA, and pushing all-in on occasion; individuals can optimize their bitcoin exposure.
How to set up my bitcoin cold wallet for generational wealth?
While many people tend to seek advice from financial planners, create trusts, living wills, or leave notes for their loved ones it is also pertinent to educate those you will leave your entire sum of bitcoin with after your passing. Now, while this may seem early for some, it is never too early to plan for your death. As morbid as this sounds, in all reality you can’t take anything with you when your eyes close for the last time; the things that are left over are the people you surrounded yourself with, their grief, and your assets. Those people will deal with their grief, but your assets must be protected and people educated on how to access and use your sats which are in cold storage.
First, start by educating those you intend to leave your bitcoin to. This can be with involving them in stacking sats, setting up cold storage, showing them how to create their personal seed phrases, how to unlock their cold wallet, how to use a hot wallet, and how to transfer funds from hot to cold wallets and vice versa.
Second, would be to have daily conversations about the importance of bitcoin, the effect it has on the world, as well as their lives. By ingraining these aspects and usage of bitcoin, you are sure to protect your people with knowledge and use of knowledge; as well as maintain your own peace of mind.
Third, have your people begin to stack their own sats directly to cold storage. . It is an important thing to do because only then will your heirs understand the importance/value of the bitcoin themselves. . Once their perspective changes from fiat to sats; their whole knowledge base of assigning value to material things will change.
Fourth, an important last step is to remember that you must always leave your wishes in writing and not just in just one place. It is imperative that all your loved ones/ heirs understand how to access, use, and store the bitcoin they are being gifted as your last wish. . Of course, each individual has their own specific needs and so this too must be taken into account (i.e. for college, cars, healthcare for children/elderly parents, etc.).
Overall, this generational wealth that you create by stacking sats daily will help to maintain the Bitcoin network and enable your future family generations greater financial freedom. Don’t let it slip past your fingers without thinking of them; after all, you can’t take it with you and if it’s not able to be allocated to individual(s) of your choice, all your hard work is for not.
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Come prepared, you will either inform or be informed. We have truth, do you?