I stumbled across a very interesting article with a number of bold claims. However looking at our hobby farm animals, I am tempted to agree.
The 2014 Rodale Institute report states, “Organically managed soils can convert carbon CO2 from a greenhouse gas into a food-producing asset.” Two major upsides to this approach are drought-proof soils and, thanks to more nutrient-rich foods, reduced healthcare costs.
Grass grows, absorbs CO2, cows (and alpacas and horses) eat it. All we feed them is grass and hay. We do not use any fertiliser, herbicides, pesticides and whatever you could possibly put on your paddock. And it seem to be working. We get lovely big, fat cows. We love them, we look after them, we give them names. Yes we all know that at some stage they will go, either to somebody else or into the freezer. And even the kids are fine with it.
Half the family is vegetarian, the other half is not. But the latter half eats meat in very low quantities, after all you do not want to cook twice for every meal. So meat consumption is limited to some sliced meat on breakfast or the odd steak or sausage maybe once a week.
We share a freezer cow amongst others and we keep about a third and that lasts us a year.
Organic, nutrient-dense foods might cost more (buying in bulk helps), yet we can see how costly poor food choices are for our national health.
Anyway, back to the article: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet.
Which is better for the environment—to buy a Tesla and consume a standard American diet or to drive a used SUV and eat an organic diet with some pastured meat and dairy? Yes, it’s the latter, and of course even better is to eat an organic diet, walk or bike more, and drive a more energy-efficient car.
The original article has some nice infographic as well, worth reading.
Pictures courtesy of Pukeatua Farmstay .
The related article posted here earlier about the CO2 emissions caused by beef farming and consumption, should be considered together with this one, because it did only consider emissions but no sequestering.