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Farming Practices Combat Climate Change VIDEO

Farming Practices Combat Climate Change VIDEO

Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, which means that what we eat, how and when it is grown and how it reaches us is important for the earth and for our health. 
Educating farmers and consumers on best (or at least better) practices in agriculture is essential to make the effects of climate change less dire. This elegantly animated three-minute video was made to educate British farmers on climate change, but many of the facts presented are pertinent for all of us:

The video points out the major emissions from farming: methane from livestock, nitrous oxide from fertilizer use and carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation of food. 
The video could, of course, go farther in terms of sustainability: some would say that animals cannot or should not be raised sustainably if we are to feed everyone; many argue that the use of all synthetic fertilizers (not mentioned in the video) should be banned. 
But we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: each step we take and decision we make is either in the right or wrong direction toward a healthier planet.

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Screen shot of video by Luke Marsh (lukemarshanimation.com) for farmingfutures.org

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1:05PM PST on Feb 9, 2011

Good to have an article for people to learn about farming practices and how they impact global warming. I'm sure most don't know about the methane from poop and the nitreous oxide from fertilizer, but this video can help educate, and hopefully, in time, get people to think more about how important food choices are. Not to mention the extreme pain that animals sustain, in our factory farms >> and then of course, death.

8:38AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

It seems that Al S. proves that 'factory farming' can be thoughtful; thank you for the information.

I am not going to quit eating meat. If that's your religion, that's your business; but it's nonsense to say that eating meat is evil. If it's bad to eat meat, why do our teeth and guts reflect that meat is part of our natural diet? While I am against random killing of most things, and I hate cruelty in all forms, I am willing to kill things to eat them. I don't think it's cruel to kill, I think how one kills determines the cruelty level. I think it's cruel to keep animals penned in overcrowded conditions, to feed them inadequately or not allow access to adequate clean water; I think it's cruel to keep herd animals and flock animals confined to separate living areas away from their kind. I don't think it's cruel to hunt if you are a good shot. Life takes life. I live it. I kill carrots and lettuce and spinach, too. I don't think that's cruel, but sometimes the bunnies think I'm cruel to fence them out...

6:57PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Everyone can start helping solve this problem. You can grow food at home. I live in a studio apt in a city and I grow things! I am so frustrated with people that are expecting someone else to provide for them in the future! It is not the gov responsibility to provide you with food! Think like a pioneer did 200yrs ago! They had to take care of themselves! ugh people! This is what too much specialization has done to our world! Be more well rounded!

3:58PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

If there's a way to muck up virtually anything, the government will find it.

For those of you who are interested, water vapor is a green house gas too.

3:28PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

We must all stop eating animals totally. Our tax resources and land/water can so easily be directed into organic produce. vegan foods have been created in Asian nations that are absolutely phenomenal, and so many diseases as well as obesity will be greatly reduced. There is nothing green about raising animals to be eaten. The karma involved in this barbaric practice is horrible for our planet and for our future lifetimes and coming generations. see all vegetarian inc , veganforall.com and vegecyber.com for gourmet vegan foods, as well as gluten mock meats that will knock your socks off, if you are sincere about your concern for the welfare of our planet and life forms.

7:47PM PST on Dec 30, 2010

thanks!

8:26PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

this is a really great perspective:

"But we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good: each step we take and decision we make is either in the right or wrong direction toward a healthier planet."

i've worked with so many people who are not comfortable with doing the best they can at the time and prefer doing nothing if it will not be the perfect solution.

living in such a rural are, you'd think we'd have our choice or lots of good organic foods. that would be accurate if we only ate cherries, apples, potatoes, and hay while drinking wine....that's about it for our faming community for now....

3:48PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

I am a Iowa farmer that uses Notill, GPS for grid sampling of soil, variable rate fertilizer application in strips under each row guided by sub inch RTK guidance. I would be called a factory farm. I now need to farm 1500 acres to have the same income my father had when farming 200 acres. High productivity farming is the reason we can set aside highly erodible acres and use the best land for food production. Farming using the best environmental practices is what keeps my farm producing more and sequestering carbon in the soil(Notill). I have in the past been paid by selling carbon credits to business that need to offset their carbon production. After the government got in the mix(cap and trade) the value of carbon credits fell from $7.00 per ton to $.50 and now the payment will not cover the cost of selling them. Farmers are doing the best job farming with the least impact on the environment. We live here and have been aware of the impact we have on your food before you started to tell us how to farm. We all need to work together to keep us fed and we are producing a very safe product.

9:37AM PST on Dec 28, 2010

It's the corruption of the banks that have forced the small "family farm" out of business to make way for factory farming and our taxpaying money goes for corn subsidies? We as the people are going to have to stop eating factory farmed meat or we will all get cancer - support your small farmer and buy local and don't let big business kill you!

2:01AM PST on Dec 28, 2010

Noted.Thanks.

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