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Five Steps To Help Restore The Environment

Quote from "Earth Day 2010: Five Steps You Can Take to Save the Environment"
By JEANMARIE TODD

Date:   4/24/2010 6:34:09 PM   ( 11 y ) ... viewed 2063 times

"Rethink your commute"

"Repurpose food waste[1] -
Why throw away food when it can be turned into compost, a great addition to any garden?"

"Recycle and buy recycled"

"Know where your food is coming from"

and last but not least:
"Choose pastured beef and chicken:

You may have heard eating meat causes climate change. That's not exactly right. It has more to do with industrial agriculture and production methods than cows themselves. Consider this: Ruminants (cows, buffaloes, etc.) evolved to eat primarily grasses, and while they love grain, it's not good for them in large quantities. It upsets the pH of their stomachs, making them prone to illness, which feedlot operators combat with plenty of antibiotics. Pastured cattle, on the other hand, typically emit less methane gas than their grain-fed counterparts. Their manure (and carbon) is absorbed into the soil instead of outgassing, and the resulting healthy soil microbes destroy methane.

Demand for pastured animals makes carbon farming viable. Carbon farming sequesters carbon in the soil using such methods as no-till agriculture and planting more trees. Grazing animals are fed on grasslands -- rather than feedlots -- which cover more of the earth's surface than forests and grow faster as well. Lots of land that isn't really suitable for crops is good for pastures, and they can support several different species at once.

"There is more carbon stored in the soil than in the atmosphere," Chuck Rice, a Soil Science Professor of Kansas State University and member of the IPCC panel, told the folks at WorldChanging.com. "If we can make a small change in managing that carbon in the soil, it would make a big difference in the atmosphere."

Peter Bane, the publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine, says that if the more than 100 million agricultural acres in the U.S. that are planted with corn and soybeans were returned to permanent grass-based prairies, it would sequester 2.2 billion tons of carbon a year, according to Bane's calculations.

... Done right (intensively managed rotational grazing), grass farming is incredibly productive while actually improving the soil. And with sufficient demand for meat ... we could start converting the Midwest's monoculture deserts back into rich and productive prairie and pastures.

What you get: more healthful meat (higher in CLA and Omega 3 fatty acids than feedlot beef with less exposure to antibiotics).

What we get: Carbon sequestration in the soil without costly heroic measures. Plus, a reduction in the tremendous fuel costs (and carbon output) of industrial agriculture and preservation of wildlife habitats.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/earth-day-2010-five-steps-you-can-take-to-s...

See full article from DailyFinance:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/earth-day-2010-five-steps-you-can-take-to-s...

[1] Consider that "Up to one-fifth (1/5) of America's food goes to waste each year, with an estimated one-hundred thirty (130lbs.) pounds of food per person ending up in landfills.":

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/lisa-sahakian/39/5a1/99b

See under "Specific Goals"

Even in a household where recycling is highly encouraged and where we have a well-managed composting system I see food going out that could possibly feed people. I'm on the outlook for such and at least a couple housemates know I will do what i can to make good use of food they are letting go of. One great way is to include a stock pot in your kitchen. (I can return to elaborate on that another day.)

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February 1, 2015 -

Peter Ballerstedt is a "Forage Product Manager".
At Peter’s LinkedIn page I read:

“…the optimal human diet health is grass-based not grain-based ...
the only truly sustainable form of agriculture is the production of livestock products from grazed forages. …”

This statement could just as easily have come from virtually any of the several thousand members of the Weston A. Price Foundation with 586 local chapters world-wide.

In my further reading: "Once upon a time: The refuted roots of organic farming (does pee have chi?)" caught my interest and that linked to:

http://grassbasedhealth.blogspot.com/2014/03/once-upon-time-refuted-roots-of-organic.html
which mentions Rudolf Steiner! Seeing Steiner validated all the time I have invested in this mini research (which began over two hours ago with a "Forbidden Knowledge" youtube viewing on a graphine substitute that mentioned a presentation by David Mitlin, Ph.D. David is also a LinkedIn member whom Peter could introduce me to)!

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