ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND CARBON EMISSION
While investigating the relationship between animal products and carbon footprint, we come across a concept, Repairic Agriculture. (Originally known as Regenerative Agriculture)
According to scientific research, a lot of carbon emission occurs in the production of animal products, the carbon footprint is high.
On the other hand, Repairman Agriculture tells us that carbon emissions can be reversed; a conversion from carbon emission to carbon sequestration as well as by using animal husbandry.
Restorative agriculture fundamentally improves the disrupted carbon cycle. It does this by improving the soil, increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil, thereby increasing the soil's ability to hold carbon.
Animal husbandry has an important place in restorative agriculture and integrated management. In fact, it is not possible to consider agriculture and animal husbandry separately. For example, after harvesting of wheat, barley, rye, the remaining stems are pounded and straw. The stems of plants such as corn and soy are turned into pulp and used as animal feed. Again, in the winter months when animals are fed indoors, their feces can be collected and used as fertilizer in agricultural areas.
With a planned grazing method, drought, desertification and floods can be prevented and the productivity of rangelands can be increased. In this way, animals can be fed with pasture grass and by-products such as hay and pulp obtained from other agricultural production all year round.
Restorative Agriculture is a way of growing food that works against nature, but instead
Although Industrial Agriculture has brought extraordinary progress since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we now know it has unintended consequences. As with industrialized energy production, we now know that scaling up some practices leads to soil degradation, topsoil loss, threats to food security, food and water poisoning and, most urgently, the climate crisis.
Nature, as we all know, is a system of continuous renewal in a cycle. The Water Cycle uses processes such as evaporation, perspiration, runoff, and precipitation to move water above, around and below the surface. The Carbon Cycle carries carbon from living things to the atmosphere and from there to creatures on earth or in the soil.
In fact, photosynthesis itself does this by using solar energy to bind carbon energy with hydrogen, ultimately using CO2 energy, which brings and stores carbon back into the soil that nature can use.
But this only happens if the soil is healthy, and we now know that certain industrial farming techniques such as the use of chemicals, deep tillage, and mono-cropping can impair nature's ability to do this and capture carbon in the atmosphere.
The good news is that Restorative Farming can improve soil health and then keep it healthy as it lowers carbon again. Repairing Agriculture can make farmers more profitable as they reduce costs while improving yield security.
In simple words, healthy soil will help keep carbon and water cycles healthier, making the entire planet healthier and reducing the threat of climate change.
Although these application examples allow animals to live freely in the open air and graze and feed in their natural environment, not in cages, artificial insemination and so on. it cannot be free from human intervention.
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