Critics of Big Ag don't like the use of synthetic fertilizer. But it appears they don't like the use of natural fertilizer, either, mainly because it smells like ... well, fertilizer. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found that when irrigation systems spread liquid manure on farm fields there is a distinct odor. Shocking! Scientists, however, say there are benefits to the practice. For instance, since manure is piped to irrigation units the use of trucks is unnecessary, reducing the burning of fossil fuels and damage to roads. Manure can also be applied to growing crops through irrigation systems instead of being spread on bare fields. That reduces excess manure running into streams and seeping into groundwater.
Confused Activist Confessional
We've often said we believe most animal activist are confused, and Catherine Gerson's farm confessional to Modern Farmer only solidifies those beliefs. In fact, Gerson represents much of what is wrong with today's animal welfare/animal rights activists and volunteers – they've drunk too much of the activist Kool-Aid. For instance, Gerson works for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, where she says, "I was looking every day at video and literature about the horrors of factory farms." She feels guilty, she says, because she still eats some meat – though she must know where and how it was raised. Buying meat from a grocery store is off-limits to Gerson because she’s seen too much "video and literature about the horrors of factory farms."
The Demitarian Delusion
European researchers suggest climate emissions could be reduced 25% to 40% if people would just reduce by half their consumption of animal products. They call that the demitarian diet. The recommendation comes from the European Nitrogen Assessment Special Report on Nitrogen and Food, which says cutting meat consumption would reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air and water pollution from nitrogen.
Livestock sustainability consultant Jude Capper, however, says the carbon footprint of beef was reduced by more than 16% between 1977 and 2007.
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Walmart Hosts CEOs for Sustainability
Leading CEOs from companies like Monsanto, Cargill and Dairy Farmers of America, pledge to increase sustainable food production and launch a recycling fund. Together, the participating suppliers represent more than $100 billion in sales at Walmart.