There are proven and profitable agricultural practices that have the power to draw excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
But, before agriculture can be a climate change solution, it has to deal with its own greenhouse gas pollution.
Synthetic fertilizers and factory farms must be phased out, while regenerative organic practices that sequester carbon are ramped up.
There’s certainly a lot of potential, especially on grasslands where ruminant animals can forage for the entirety of their lives instead of being fattened on synthetic-fertilizer-grown grains in greenhouse-gas-polluting factory farm feedlots.
We can get grazing animals off grain and phase out of factory farms by increasing on-farm and farmer-owned processing capacity, so that farmers can act independently of the meat and grain monopolies.
But, it won’t be easy to steer clear of these multi-billion-dollar agribusinesses. They’re always one step ahead, working with their supporters in government on false solutions to perpetuate the industrial food system and avoid addressing the systemic causes of our climate crisis.
The primary reason why so many consumers are chronically ill and susceptible to a virus like SARS-CoV-2 is that Big Food and Big Ag in the U.S. (and across the world) basically produce—and in fact are subsidized by governments to produce—what can only be described as junk food commodities. These junk foods and beverages, which make-up 60 percent or more of the calories in the typical American diet, are highly-processed, sugar and carb-laden, laced with pesticide, antibiotic and chemical residues. In toxic combination with the typical American’s overconsumption of factory-farmed meat and animal products, U.S. junk food diets are a literal prescription for chronic disease and premature death.
While acknowledging that we have to stop the reckless military/scientific genetic engineering that brought on this pandemic and global economic meltdown, media censorship and suspension of fundamental democratic rights, we also need to defend ourselves and our families by practicing common sense (stay home if you feel sick), and “focused protection” and “focused social distancing,” from those at extreme risk.
But we also must change our diets, clean up the environment, offer early paid retirement to those front line elderly workers most at risk and collectively move away from the industrialized, degenerate food and farming system that sets up people for premature death and hospitalization from COVID-19.
In late 2019, when a novel pandemic virus emerged, likely from a lab accident involving gain-of-function research on experimental new vaccines, the vaccine companies, their investors and their partners in government were ready. They had been anticipating such a scenario for years and were prepared to exploit the pandemic as an opportunity to trial the same new vaccine technologies under Emergency Use Authorizations. To meet the legal requirements for Emergency Use, they needed two things: 1) an "emergency," and 2) an absence of an "adequate, approved, and available alternative" to the new vaccines.
Understand this and the inexplicable conduct of our so-called "public health" officials starts to make sense. They aren't idiots and they're not making mistakes. What we're seeing is willful misconduct.
Emperor Gates has a new decree: “All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
Bill Gates has invested in Impossible Foods whose CEO, Pat Brown, says his genetically engineered synthetic meat substitutes will replace the use of animals by 2035.
You’d think the Impossible Foods pitch would be about the horrors of factory farming. Instead, Gates and Brown take aim at regenerative organic agriculture and grass-fed beef. According to Fortune.com: “Gates and Brown believe that genetically modified seeds and chemical herbicides, in the right doses––and not land-intensive organic farming––are crucial to curbing carbon emissions.”
That old lie about organic farming has been thoroughly debunked, and real climate activists know “It’s not the cow, it’s the how.”
There is a big debate, as you know, about meat production and climate change. The corporate media promotes the Bill Gates/Silicon Valley myth that eating less meat and animal products (not just factory farmed, but climate-friendly/carbon sequestering organic and regenerative meat and animal products as well) and abolishing animal agriculture altogether (small scale grazing and animal husbandry supports a billion small farmers on the planet whose lands are not suitable for growing food crops) will be better for the climate. Fake meats produced on an industrial scale in chemical vats with GMOs are also being promoted as better for the climate by the billionaires such as Bill Gates who have invested in it.
Industrial agriculture, with its factory farms, GMO monculture crops and toxic chemicals, is one of the leading causes of global warming. You can help cool the planet by choosing organic foods, grown using sustainable, regenerative farming practices.