- Greg Harrison
- Palm Beach, FL
- United States
President & CEO, Harrisons Bird Foods
Missed the boat. Agriculture exemptions, subsidies and tax benefits need to be based on conformity to sustainable standards.
Jonathan has missed the boat.
1. Cows eat grass and if on free range their manure is sequestered with carbon. They also produce a meat with omega 3 fatty acids that are ideal for omnivores and carnivores.
2. Cows in confinement for meat or dairy need antibiotics, parasite controlling chemicals to survive. They produce a fat that is toxic to end consumers.
3. Cows should not be fed soybeans and corn but grass (hay, pasture) such land is not ideal for grains and vegetables for humans.
4. Human food land should not be used for biofuel (corn ethanol).
5. Soil is being used like it was a hydroponic media = seeds, water and nutrients plus chemicals to kill competitors.
6. Soil is a living entity and needs to be cultured not managed just for profit.
7. Buffer zones for filtration should be a minimum requirement if chemical farming is allowed.
8. Crop insurance, subsidies should not be offered to crops growing in flood planes, deserts and bogs. Disaster is emanate. Insure and subsidise crops in ideal environments.
9. Most irrigation is inefficient. Because of point 5. Such soil is almost impervious and has more run off than perculation. If soil is cultured it has humus that retains water. A bio-community that is symbiotic with the crop.
Vegetables, grains, nuts are being grown in situations similar to confinement animals. They are grown in deserts, bogs. old river beds that require irrigation and chemical management.
For example, sunflowers are being grown in old bogs that have been drained. As such they need fungicides to survive. Organic sunflowers will not grow in such soil. Should have been left a bog. These were the reservoirs of old.
Biomass makes best soil for crops and water retention and percolation. The later recharges aquifers not drains them. Support it. Not farming in deserts.
Agriculture exemptions need to be based on conformity to the above practices and put into standards. Not rewarded just because it is "farming".
Revise USDA to be proactive to these ideas.