Agricultural Waste creates agricultural pollution and is the unwanted or unsalable materials that are produced in the growing of crops or raising of livestock. In reference to farming, this contamination of the environment due to agricultural pollution is worrisome, but taking a zero-waste approach, there are methods to sustainable farming.
Some negative effects of this pollution include soil erosion, pesticide-related health issues, and even water contamination.
Zero waste agriculture means that the output of one process will be the input of another, such as composting with worms or using wastewater treatments solely.
Agriculture and similar land-use generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all power generation!
Transforming our food production systems and consumption habits are undeniable solutions that must be part of the changes when addressing climate change. Right now, it is not specifically being addressed as a key factor of climate change, which could not be further from the truth. Step one is recognizing that it is a contributor and then committing to developing and implementing solutions and strategies that will support a transition away from these animal-agricultural food systems and depend more heavily on the plant-centric food systems.
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Climate Documentary: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
I would recommend watching this moving documentary to learn more about some of the truths behind why a lot of this knowledge seems to be hushed in a lot of climate knowledge and discussions. Since animal agriculture’s impact on the climate is so large and catastrophic, it is important to discuss this difficult topic, that a lot of times society does not want to be told they are doing something wrong, or should be doing something so personal, like food and eating differently.
Instead, here are some things that everyone can begin to adhere to in their daily lives that can make all the difference in reducing your own personal greenhouse gas emissions!