Agriculture Isn’t as Green as You Think

Megan Ray Nichols
September 11th 2016

When it comes to what you eat, do you ever stop to think about how healthy your food is? Another factor of food to think about involves the health of the environment. Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow.

From Grain-Fed to Grass-Fed Beef

Have you ever thought about the quality of the beef you’re eating? Grain-fed beef emits greenhouse gases into the environment. Corn is grown to feed cows, which in turn feed humans. When grain-fed cows get sick, humans can get sick through the hormones.

Next time you eat a burger, you’ll want to know if it was grain-fed or grass-fed. Why? Grass-fed beef has benefits for you and the environment that you can’t resist: cows were meant to eat grass - it’s their natural diet; no growth hormones are given to the cows; diverse cow genetics - thus, disease is harder to spread; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; uses less land; there is less air and water pollution.

Re-think and Recycle

Grass-fed beef isn’t the only way for farmers to reduce their agricultural carbon footprint. There are: Dry Farming - no irrigation, no plastic; Mulch Film - biodegradable and covers crops for winter; FIBC Reclamation - reconditions storage bags keeping more ‘AgriPlastic’ out of landfills; Energy Recovery - turns plastic into fuel.

The re-use of plastics, and grass-fed beef, are just the beginning. Some farmers started to make the right steps to reduce their carbon footprint. However, agriculture has a lot of work to do in order to go completely green. What if we could economically compensate farmers to reduce their carbon footprint with an ECO Coin?

Sources: Nature, Modern Farmer. Image: Brian Evans | Flickr

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