A Passionate Voice
Even at an early age, Cheryl Day was a passionate and practical advocate for agriculture. Check out her viewpoint on current agricultural topics.
My Earth Day Pledge
Apr 21, 2011
On April 22, the world will celebrate the 41st Earth Day, an event created by the modern environmental movement to spread awareness of important environmental issues facing our planet. The Earth Day Network is asking everyone to pledge an Act of Green. The leaderboard for the Billion Acts of Green features pledges for everything from recycling to conserving water.
For trivia's sake, here are the top five pledges:
5. Switch off the tap while brushing
4. I will eat a sustainable healthy plantarian, pure vegetarian, vegan diet
3. Raise awareness about Earth Day 2011
2. I will bring my own reusable shopping bag to the store
1. Eat more local food
I suggest an American Farmer's Pledge:
I pledge to celebrate Earth Day every day by continuing the original Act of Green as generations of American farmers' and ranchers' families have done for centuries -- passionately taking care of the earth’s natural resources while raising the food we eat and all the beneficial products we use on a daily basis.
I promise to increase my knowledge and utilize modern technology based on proven, well-documented research to improve and maintain our nation’s natural resources while continuing to feed 155 people worldwide or more compared to the 26 my grandfather fed.
I will join the devoted cattlemen who on average use 13 different practices to accomplish environmental goals such as nurturing wildlife, preventing soil erosion and conserving and protecting water. I will also be a recycler, raising my animals on the abundant source of forage and grains and then turning the manure into natural fertilizer.
I am dedicated to telling the truth about agriculture. I will explain that thanks to smart practices, raising livestock in the United States today accounts for less than 3 percent of the country’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While U.S. farmers have increased meat production by almost 50 percent, milk production by 16 percent and egg production by nearly 33 percent, GHG emissions have remained constant. Therefore, every gallon of milk and pound of meat produced in the U.S. today has a smaller carbon footprint than in the past (making pledge No. 4 a non-valid Act of Green).
Finally, I pledge to Eat Steak for Dinner to Celebrate Earth Day, which is GOOD for the environment and GOOD for a healthy lifestyle. Calorie for calorie, lean beef is one of the most flavorful and efficient ways to get my daily value of 10 essential nutrients like iron, zinc and B vitamins. Beef also provides 20 grams of protein per serving, giving this farm mom the naturally enriched nutrients necessary to keep up in the marathon called my life.
What is your Earth Day Pledge?
National Pork Board
EPA GHG Emissions