banner
  Home     About CEL    Sitemap     E-mail    Events   Resources     New-on-website     Links  

Click here for
CEL's New Website
greenchristian.org.uk

This is CEL's old archive website:
1998-2012.Use it for archive

1. Useful resource & archive material:above & in left margin
2. Old News on CEL's Index page - April 2012 back to 1998
3. Old New pages on website -July 2012 back to Aug 1998
CEL home > Resources > Magazine articles > MayLast updated: April 2010
Press Releases
News + Archives
New on website
CEL Campaigns:
  LOAF
  ecocell
  Rainforest
CEL Supported Campaigns:

 

24 Jan 2015 - Ecocell day workshop on Energy and Housing
A Green Christian Way of Life CEL-Weekend Retreat May 29-31 Ringsfield, Beccles
Events of other organisations

 

Become a member:
Donate

 

Prayer Guide
Email Prayer Network
Local CEL groups
18-30s
Blogs of CEL et al

 

LOAF
Hymns
Creationtide - harvest festivals
Leaflets, courses, reports, briefing papers, plays

 

Issues
Transition Towns

 

Weblinks - links

 

 

Village Green Corner -  Articles for you to use in your church magazine.

For new articles and articles added since March 2012 see new website:- http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/category/parish-articles

Carbon Fields

'Archers' fans will know that David and Ruth are serious about keeping their grass pastures in good health for their herd of Hereford beef cattle and the dairy cows. Graham Harvey, agricultural editor of the 'Archers', has written a well researched book (Carbon Fields ) describing how permanent pasture land is helping to store carbon.

Producing the food we eat today contributes somewhere between 17% and 32% of greenhouse gases (ghg) to the atmosphere. This comes from using fossil fuels in producing fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, running farm machinery, storage (especially refrigeration), supply chains (lorries, ships and planes); felling tropuical rainforest to make space for growing soya to feed cattle and palm oil which is in 10% of our food as vegetable oil; plus methane from farm animals.

However, farming can also be part of the solution. Agriculture can help to reduce the amount of ghgs by locking up, or sequestering, carbon in the soil. The world's soils are a reservoir of carbon. Farming methods determine whether soils take up carbon or emit it. The UK Royal Society estimate that carbon capture by the world's farmlands could total 10 billion tons of CO2 a year - IF soils are well managed.

Permanent grassland (e.g. clover rich, mixed species of plants with deep-rooting herbs) takes up and stores carbon. Soils cultivated each year with annual crops release carbon into the atmosphere. 80% of the world's agricultural land is cultivated with annual crops such as rice, wheat and maize. (These three crops alone supply us with 50% of our food energy).

The traditional way to produce food from pasture is to raise grazing animals. Grass-fed meat is good for the animals and the planet. Grassland can supply: beef, lamb, milk, butter and cheese. Raising cows and sheep on permanent grassland also releases less carbon, as grain is not being grown on former rainforest land and transported around the world to feed animals. No oil-based fertilizers are needed to fertilise the grass - manure does that. One climate related problem of livestock farming is the production of methane from the animals. A number of plants found in species rich, natural grasslands reduce methane emissions from animals grazing on them.

Visit your nearest Farmers' Market and you will almost certainly find stalls selling cheese and meat from local grass-fed animals, plus local vegetables and preserves.

Barbara Echlin

ACTION: Use this in your church magazine

 

Name
Email

Privacy Policy

Sign up
for prayer guide
- a prayer for each day

Join CEL's Facebook group & page
Download CEL ecocell-1 resource

Download Storm of Hope Leaflets 2011:- Going Carbon-free with CEL &
2012:-God's green kingdom

2013: Getting the message across (A Cross)

Donate - Support CEL's work

 

to top of page

Copyright ©  2010 - 2014 Christian Ecology Link and Barbara Echlin    http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk
Home
  What's on?    Ideas    About CEL    Resources    Magazine    Links    Conservation   Prayer guide   Conference-2014
   Climate Change   Green events   rf   Hymns   Search    Sitemap    email CEL

    Christian Ecology Link Ltd: Reg address:10, Beech Hall Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9NX, UK.
    Company Reg. No. 2445198 - Reg Charity No. 328744.

tel: +44 (0)845 4598460     info@christian-ecology.org.uk
Working for a greener church with Christian Ecology Link