Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Chicken poop to the environmental rescue

Hatched: Friday, February 19th, 2010

Few, if any, envisioned the day when Chicken Little could put his worries to rest and just do his business knowing that, with a little help from an innovative poultry farmer, his poop was as good as gold.

Then consider Josh Frye among the few.

The West Virginia poultry farmer has tinkered and toyed with a contraption that contains, heats and converts poultry waste into energy to heat his barns. The byproduct of that process is “biochar” – which is a naturally organic fertilizer. The upside of biochar is that it doesn’t release greenhouse gasses from waste into the atmosphere. Instead, the carbon is contained in the waste and the biochar can be used to fertilize and fuel other green plants that naturally suck more carbon out of the atmosphere. Call it a natural win-win for Mother Nature.

Then consider that Al Gore – the mastermind behind “An Inconvenient Truth” – calls biochar “one of the most exciting new strategies” available to stop climate change, with other environmentalists, scholars and legislators also recognizing its potential.

Imagine…manure to save the planet and environmentalism home grown on the family farm. It’s a far cry from the doom and gloom some groups are quick to suggest about animal agriculture, with solutions that are as equally unimaginative as they are short-sighted and impractical.

Ingenuity, innovation and hard work. Traits synonymous with the family farmer…or the bureaucrat? You decide.

Growing meat without growing animals?

Hatched: Monday, November 30th, 2009

So, how do you feel about your pork chop or burger being grown inside a lab?

While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, a recent MSNBC article suggests that scientists have figured out how to grow tiny nuggets of lab meat and say it will one day be possible to produce chicken and steaks in vats, sans any livestock. For example, instead of growing a chicken embryo into a bird and cutting meat from it, the meat will be grown directly from the embryo.

It makes you wonder if this is what activists envision as they attempt to quell livestock farming as we know it.

If given the choice, would you prefer that your food was raised by seasoned livestock farmers running multigenerational farms, or scientists manipulating the contents of a Petri dish?

The answer should be cluckin’ [and] obvious.

The Omnivores’ Delusion

Hatched: Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Blake Hurst, a Missouri farmer, got it right in his post on the Journal of the American Enterprise Institute: “I’m so tired of people who wouldn’t visit a doctor who used a stethoscope instead of an MRI demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to raise food. Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is.”

This was Hurst’s response after listening to a “self-appointed expert” on an airline who criticized food and livestock farming, compensating lack of knowledge with volume. Hurst goes on to say, “He [the businessman] expects me to farm like my grandfather, and not incidentally, I suppose, to live like him as well. He thinks farmers are too stupid to farm sustainably, too cruel to treat their animals well, and too careless to worry about their communities, their health and their families. I would not presume to criticize his car, or the size of his house, or the way he runs his business. But he is an expert about me, on the strength of one book, and is sharing that expertise with captive audiences every time he gets the chance. Enough, enough, enough.”

What book is he referring to? What is Hurst’s response? Click here to read the entire post.

Meatless in Cincinnati? What the Cluck?!

Hatched: Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Who knew getting “green” meant throwing out the red and the white (meat), which should be enough to make any omnivore quite blue. But that’s exactly what Cincinnati City Council would like to mandate by 2012 as reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It’s just not eating one day a week…to start. It’s another classic distortion of “doing your part” – only they don’t tell you that your part is to help put an end animal agriculture.

Our friends at the Ohio Livestock Coalition took the idea to task, and set the record straight.

We agree. Green is the new black. But those manipulating good green intentions to promote their radical agendas will be exposed. We promise.

Citizen Flatulence Tax. No, Really.

Hatched: Thursday, June 25th, 2009

If your bovines or birds are farting too much – PFFPFT! – it is gonna cost ya, courtesy of the EPA and its revenue-raising flatulence tax. It would be laughable if it weren’t true.

But wait a minute. Aren’t there more farting people than farting cows or pigs? What about Citizen Fart Tax? At least our farming friends would be paying for their own flatulence…and not that of our gas-passing friends that go oink, moo and cluck.

Ironically, there’s no way to “cure” an animal from letting one rip…unless of course, we do away with animal agriculture…see where this is going?

So, it’s a either a classic case of taxation without representation, or another attempt to dismantle a way of life for the American livestock farmer – and the way we eat.

Either way, it’s time to speak up, people.

Poultry now chic for city dwellers

Hatched: Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Nano pets are out. Backyard poultry is…in?

The urban chicken movement has taken wing in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, where officials increasingly are forced to decide whether to allow backyard poultry (Columbus Dispatch, May 10, 2009).

Earlier this year, Worthington residents pushed City Council to reform city laws. Currently, Worthington allows chickens and coops, but only if they are no closer than 150 feet to another resident’s property, impossible within most of the city.

Residents there and elsewhere violate the seldom-enforced laws. Still, Worthington City Council plans to hear options for possibly legalizing the birds.

Large cities such as Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Los Angeles already have such provisions.

Growing interest in backyard chickens has some rallying for change, while causing others to squawk, “what the cluck?”

What do you think? Do chickens belong in the city?