Saturday, October 31, 2009

Joel Salatin on global warming

Several years ago I engaged Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm to give a talk to the area WAPF Chapters. His talk was titled "Heal the planet by healing your plate".

Recently he spoke at a college and is still singing the same song. I wanted to share this with all you meat lovers so you can have the verbiage to respond to the "Red meat is destroying the planet" articles out in the world.

“Every bit of the alleged science linking methane and cows to global warming is based on annual cropping, feedlots and herbivore abuse. It all crumbles if the production model becomes like our mob-stocking-herbivorous-solar-conversion-lignified-carbon-sequestration fertilization. America has traded 73 million bison requiring no petroleum, machinery or fertilizer for 45 million beef cattle, and we think we’re efficient. At Polyface, we practice biomimicry and have returned to those lush, high organic matter production models of the native herbivores. If every cow producer in the country would use this model, in less than 10 years we would sequester all the carbon that’s been emitted since the beginning of the industrial age.”

Stop and think about that for a moment: Raising beef cattle with biomimicry can stop global warming in its tracks almost singlehandedly.

Yet another reason to support our small farmers and avoid at all costs animal products from CFO's (Confinement Feeding Operations)

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