I want to remind myself and you all of the reason I first started blogging. I also felt I needed to refresh myself and remind me of the extreme strain we are putting on our land, air, water, and ourselves. So here is my first blog from Jan 3rd, 2016.
Do you really believe our elected officials truly have our best interest in mind? Oh, and you (not all of you) don’t want to be inconvenienced by having to pay more, or work at feeling better or sift through the piles of convoluted googlized results! Just make it easy to get what I want when I want it. Billions of people go to the store to get what they need. What if that all changed? There are concerns of serious decay of, and concern for, our lives as a matter of the food, water, air and land for which all of our lives depend.
Disclaimer (not really, but just in case): As my blog continues, there will be corrections, changes. But be clear, if you’re going to nit pic on details to overshadow the issue, please know the issue is prevalent and is a gigantic concern, because you may be missing the big picture.
There are 130 times more waste from cows than humans with no waste treatment. Over 15,000,000,000 gallons of methane/day from cows 86 times more damaging than all other greenhouse gases! 1.5 billion Cattle worldwide creating deserts and using our much needed water resource. Growing the grain and feeding the livestock is water intensive!
Although this extreme use, or better misuse and extreme depletion of the 1% of drinking water on the planet, this is NOT a large concern as many of the “save the water”, “save the planet”, “save the air”… organizations or political/government agencies. These organizations do not want to offend those that fund or contribute to their organization, so they simply do not make it an issue that needs any attention at all.
Created from Cattle vs. Water
• 45 billion gallons of water each day to for cows alone (worldwide) (humans 5.2 billion)
• 261 gallons of water to goes into making 1 gallon of milk
• 660 gallons of water goes into making 1 hamburger (1/4lb), (0ver 2600 gallons for 1lb)
• 34 trillion gallons of water every year to raise livestock for consumption
• 55% of water is used by the raising of livestock (domestic water use is 5%)
Animal feeding operations (AFOs) are farms or feedlots where animals are kept and raised in confined areas for at least 45 days over a 12-month period. AFOs cluster animals, feed, manure and urine, wastewater, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing in pastures, fields, or on rangeland. There are approximately 450,000 AFOs in the United States. Common types of AFOs include dairies, cattle feedlots, and poultry farms.
And yet, the extensive clearing of trees and other natural lands continue to occur to grow the animal agriculture with the same results described above.
I was born in 1965 in a small town in rural Indiana. It was, now that I look back, similar to a mid to late 1800’s homestead. 3 acres, horses, chickens, dogs, and a few geese. We lived in a two story house with a half circle drive-way and a couple pine trees in the front. Life was pretty normal for a mid to lower income family of 6, where I had two brothers and a sister, she being the oldest and I the youngest. By the second grade we moved to 20 acres in an even smaller town.
As I look back upon this part of my life as a child of the 70’s mostly, and 80’s in my later teens and twenties, the land, water and air were taken very much for granted. Processed foods and desserts were now a normal quick meal substitute and treat easily purchased. Although, still on a tight budget, many meals were still home cooked, and even grown on our land. We now had cows, pigs and egg bearing chickens, as well as nearly an acre of various garden vegetables and fruits. Fast forward, looking back on my concerns, they were so much how the above things were made available from a non-farm source (produced, designed and manufactured) and the 60 or 70 years of unregulated chemicals, sweeteners, preservatives and artificial…
I am now married and have two pre-teen boys. As conscious as my wife and I can be with the money, time constraints, work and school activities, food (healthy food) is an enormous concern. We are blessed to have two healthy boys and being healthy ourselves. But, over the last few years, my concerns have grown to be at a level to which I cannot be the bystander, observer and the one that says “that is something I am concerned with also…” yet continue doing nothing. This endeavor will be challenging, discouraging and hopefully fulfilling and ultimately successful!
I have already begun to reach out to find 4 individuals from hopefully varying points of view, education levels, and like-minded concerns, to form a Think Tank / Research Team, to scour as many resources as we can, to see what we can know for sure, and hopefully find out what we don’t know. Discuss just what to do with the information we find. Present it to whomever, and however and determine just what can be done, and what people are willing to continue to accept. And, most of all, what they are not. still looking
With a world population of over 7 billion; food, land and air consumption as it is currently being taken and not being restored and cared for. And corporate profits combined with government protection of their profits, many individuals are frightened for their lives, when were seriously and truthfully concerned for our health and life.
There will come a time in a more near future than we expect (for those who even expect or are concerned) when our concern has become a fear, that these latest generations (save a few) have no idea how to overcome. The goal of our team will ultimately be to see if there is, and what is the best acceptable alternative to our current way of consumption, over use and unsustainable food sources, that directly degrade the land, water and air from which these are acquired. God has made us the stewards of our earth, our current stewardship is not good.
Below are a few areas for you to consider researching yourself.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
Farming Water run off
Animal Waste Treatment