Controls for Industrial Agriculture2.0 to Mediate Environmental Impact

A few years ago, Ontario brought in Nutrient Management Regulations. I took all the courses. Essentially, if a farmer is going to expand their number of livestock, they need the acres to spread the manure, ensuring the right amount of nutrient (or manure) application per acre.

Technically, an industrial broiler barn only needs an acre or less to be built and to house 10, 000+ chickens. And therefore expansion to 3 chicken barns for example, would appear to be simple. But with the Nutrient Management regulations, a chicken farm must show that they have the acreage to spread all the manure generated from their operation.

I suggest that it works the other way around as well. If a crop farmer is going to expand their number of acres in production, they must have access to enough manure to ensure the necessary fertility of the soil for the given crop. Animals are an important part of the equation in sustainable agriculture. Not only do livestock farmers need land for manure spreading, but crop farmers need livestock for soil fertility.

In Agriculture 3.0, animals are always part of the whole farm system.

Traditional Aubrac cows in the Aveyron region of France
Traditional Aubrac cows in the Aveyron region of France

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: In her two years of graduate work (2016-2018), Kaytlyn learned the art of bearing witness to an unheard collection of stories about human dignity. She first explored how she could apply a spiritual care therapeutic model to how farmers relate to their land. Realizing a greater cultural narrative was implicated, she then studied the impact of collective memory on cultural narratives and the pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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