FOOD, HEALTH, NUTRITION 30th May 2018

The fight against Global Warming:
Leave it to the Cows

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2 min

How a back-to-basics farming approach can reverse climate change.

Farming is big business. Modern techniques such as factory farming and the use of fertilizers and pesticides have increased crop yields and kept meat and dairy production on par with our rapid population growth.

But its come at a price. The United Nations has calculated that farming is responsible for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to restore our planet’s health, a new kind of farming has emerged – and it’s actually a back-to-basics approach.

Livestock Grazing

Livestock grazing is an agricultural practice where animals such as cows are allowed to roam the pastures freely, feeding off grass the way nature intended. Why is this important for the environment? Because of carbon.

Carbon is a natural element that serves as the basis of all life on earth. It’s stored in oil, coal, natural gas and living things. When those things are burned or decompose, carbon gets released and recycled into new life forms, keeping our atmosphere in a state of constant equilibrium.

Modern farming methods have disrupted that state, leading to an increase in atmospheric carbon.

Livestock grazing can mitigate this effect, because cows who live off the land, poop out enough nutrients to replenish the land back to its natural fertile state. Fertile soil can absorb excess levels of carbon from the environment.

In other words, well-managed livestock are the key to producing healthier soils that can literally reverse climate change!

For more information, visit the Allan Savory Institute @ https://www.savory.global/

 

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Photo Credit: Organic Valley / CROPP Cooperative