Cows, Carbon and Climate | Joel Salatin | TEDxCharlottesvilleJun 05, 2021
Instead, we let the grass come here to satisfy the physiological expression by denying access. We move the
cowsevery day to a new point. We let everything else stand still and go through this cumulative cycle. This means that we multiply by three, four or even five times the rate of fodder that can be produced at a given point. Now, the cow drops 50 pounds of the good stuff off her butt every day. (Laughter) Think about what happens if you go from 4,000 pounds of manure and urine per acre to 20,000 pounds of manure and urine per acre. Suddenly, you have ground building efficiency.
Here we go, we not only harvest a lot more, but we store a lot more
carbon. We use the animal in its historical role, we honor and respect the "people" of the cow. When you feed herbivores off of things like grain and lock them in a trough, you commit all kinds of abuse. I mean the United States, I call the United States (Laughter) for 30 years of tricking us into doing this. They said: "Grind up the dead
cowsand feed them to the cows." And we've been stigmatized as enemies of the machine and anti-progress, anti-science, you know. "Join the show, Salatin.
What do these herbs mean?" After 40 years, the global catastrophe, oops! We shouldn't have done that! (Laughter) And what I can't explain is why we continue to unleash these privileged stewards of our culture to tell us what to eat and how to eat it. So "what if" something like this: Imagine all our neighbors doing this instead of a continuous seam, where they turn loose 50 cows on 100 acres and let them go all year, the grass can never grow what I call the nappy stage grass And it stays like that, like the first half of the gear (in the car).
There are many similarities that we can assume here. But the opinion is that grass never speeds up. She can't because..."Won't she stop wearing diapers?" And the same for everyone. But if we direct it so that the animals come to a tiny point each day, and we create a mosaic technique, guess what? Now we have moles and voles; We have birds and nesting sites; We have a continuous mosaic of pollination, of flowers and clovers and clovers and dandelions and they are the pollinators. You have all kinds of growth underground because we have these organisms. The soil gets cold because it has all the cold organic cover that absorbs water and supplies oxygen (by breathing) I breathe oxygen from the plant. (Exhales) And she, in turn, inhales
carbondioxide from me.
Isn't that cool? And tomorrow you meet the toads and start turning into goldenrod (a flowering plant), and then you come back, isn't that an amazing connection? So what if? What would happen if the University of Virginia made this kind of food instead of concentration camp food? (Applause) What if McDonald's did this? What if Burger King did this? What happens if you eat this? What if I eat this? As a happy occasion to participate in this healing, wonderful and enriching design of nature. Regarding the "village" of the cow. And its use as a herbivore in its historical role.
And participate in feeding the planet. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share something easy with you. Thank you all. (applause)
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