[permaculture] An Unconventional Way Of Raising Pigs, Chickens and Cows | Alternative to Biodigestion.pdf

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Thu May 28 04:27:33 EDT 2015

An Unconventional Way Of Raising Pigs, Chickens and Cows | Alternative to

An Unconventional Way Of Raising Pigs, Chickens and Cows
Four levels of waste transformation are adapted and applied to the raising
of pigs, chickens and cows. Farmers ferment
waste and use it as feed (Level 1). They feed fecal matter to the larvae of
the black soldier fly, they feed larval
residue to red worms, and they fertilize their crops primarily with
vermicompost (Level 2). They house pigs, chickens and
cows on a soft mesophilic bedding (Level 3) sprayed each day with probiotic
liquids. They add biochar from top-lit,
updraft gasifiers to the fermented feed and to the bedding, and they use
syngas for household cooking (Level 4). The
bedding has no odor. There are no flies. At no point in their lives are
antibiotics or any other pharmaceuticals
administered to pigs, chickens and cows raised in this unconventional way.
Just about all of the behavioral and
physiological needs of animals and poultry are met. Instead of inhumane
confinement or freerange, we propose a third way:
confinement in a clean, spacious and odorless setting that accords comfort
and dignity to animals. High levels of
productivity are achieved, not by means by over-crowding, antibiotics,
growth hormones or chemical fertilizers - but by
lining up multiple, interdependent waste transformation cycles that all
reduce cost and generate income. These waste
transformation technologies can even be extended to include the recycling
of bone, human waste and biodegradable household
waste. Through the wise and efficient transformation of waste, farmers buy
nothing from feed, fertilizer, pharmaceutical,
and fuel companies. Strong and self-reliant, farmers no longer depend on
the fragile infrastructure of global trade. Large
international corporations that enslave small farmers through the sale of
unsustainable inputs are shut out, along with
traders peddling cheap subsidized products that devastate local economies.
In this way a lot more jobs are created and a
lot more money is made at the local level. The social upheaval caused by
the migration of young people to large cities is
eliminated. Poor people, especially poor women, are empowered as never
before. Food production increases. Food security,
along with national security, is enhanced. Trade figures improve. Human
health is not endangered. The environment does not
suffer. And neither do pigs, chickens and cows.

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