[permaculture] Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms

sixdegrees sixdegrees at baynet.net
Tue Dec 16 15:59:36 EST 2003

greetings, although it could and i do say could be a good transition
strategy. We need to consider the path from where we are to where we must be
and what steps will get us there. the polar trees are not the answer
changing pig raising methods is but if the poplar trees will clean up the
mess while we make the shift them they are worth a thought.

the problem with poplars is they are a pioneer species and can be invasive.

Bob Ewing
----- Original Message -----
From: "mIEKAL aND" <dtv at mwt.net>
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms

> The factory pig farms are the real problem which needs to be addressed.
>   Finding green solutions for corrupt corporate farming practices seems
> like a miniscule bandaid for a much larger problem.  mIEKAL
> On Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at 12:44 PM, Saor Stetler wrote:
> > Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms
> >
> >
> > Tuesday, December 16, 2003
> > By Estes Thompson, Associated Press
> >
> >
> > There are 1,700 inactive lagoons in North Carolina waiting cleanup and
> > 4,500 more lagoons in use. North Carolina ranks second in hog
> > production at 9.6 million animals, behind Iowa at 15 million head.
> >
> > National Pork Board figures show one animal produces between 8,000
> > pounds and 64,000 pounds of waste a year, depending on its >
> >
> > Cleaning out a typical lagoon could cost as much as $40,000 an acre,
> > not counting the cost of land on which to spread the sludge. The
> > sludge can't fertilize crops for human consumption. Humenik said the
> > typical lagoon cleanup using the poplars would cost between $15,000
> > and $20,000 for a lagoon that is two to three acres.
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