Nature does not belong to us humans. We humans belong to nature. God’s first law of nature is the law of cause and effect. We can get away with breaking man’s law. We cannot get away with breaking God’s law. Everything we do has an effect.
Human activity has caused a blanket of pollution to envelope the Earth. This blanket has caused our planet to overheat. One activity that contributes to this pollution is industrial agriculture. Industrial agriculture produces carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in quantities that are dangerous.
Scientists and farmers have made great strides in discovering ways to reduce this pollution. According to Yale School of the Environment, regenerative agricultural practices, such as those mentioned in an article by Kelsey Podo in last weekend’s paper about Hopewell Farm, significantly reduce the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere. If you’re interested, there’s a great video online, “100,000 Beating Hearts,” about another Georgia farmer who practices regenerative agriculture.
In the most recent midweek edition of The Times, Dick Yarbrough trivializes the impact of methane emissions from cows. We have long known that the dose makes the poison. According to Statista, there are approximately 1 billion cows on our planet. Scientists are learning that changing a cow’s diet can reduce its methane production. One change is simply adding a few ounces of red seaweed to the cow’s daily feed. To his credit, Mr. Yarbrough does mention, “Methane is a greenhouse gas, said to be 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.” So you see, it can be a big deal.
Nitrous oxide is 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide; it stays in the atmosphere for 116 years, and the majority of it comes from agriculture, according to Sustainability Times. The regenerative agriculture practiced by Hopewell Farms also helps to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. Phil Bonelli, the owner of Hopewell Farms, says that by working with nature and letting the animals be what they’re supposed to be, you can build up the land, get better food and a better environment.
We must eat, and it is unlikely that we would willingly revert to hunting and gathering, so agriculture is our reality. We can’t all be farmers, but we all can cultivate a love and respect for nature. We humans are a part of nature. By loving and respecting nature, we love each other and all of God’s creation. Doing this costs nothing and will only make our lives richer.
Brian E Moss