Posted by: shoji | June 29, 2008

Vegan farming [CNN.com]

I’m all for the organic farm movement (just wish the prices could be better). There’s a slow conversion to seeing nature as a cycle rather than a linear, industrial process. (For a great read on this, grab a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan)

I recently read about “vegan farming” on CNN.com. It appears that some farmers are espousing the vegan ideal (i.e., no animal products) as a safer alternative to farming. I wonder what Michael Pollan and others would think about the vegan process. One message which I’ve grasped from the organic movement is that our industrial farming methods have replaced the cycles of nature into an assembly line. The advantage of cycles is that “waste” from one process is fuel for another– in fact, there is no waste. By contrast, despite the efficiencies of an assembly line, waste will be generated.

My concern about vegan farming is that animals are an important part of the natural cycle. Animal “waste” is a great fertilizer, for example. Animals (e.g., bees) are necessary for pollination, as another example. With all due respect to the vegan lifestyle: human beings are omnivores.

(Your comments are welcome! I’ll post all comments that are not spam, though I may edit language. I will note any changes.)

Vegan farming takes organic to next level – CNN.com
Now, Bustos said he has found an even safer method — vegan organic farming without any animal fertilizers or byproducts.

Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients.

Veganic farmers take it to another level by not using any manures or slaughterhouse byproducts. They don’t even use organically approved pesticides.

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