- File Size: 11923 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sheldon Frith; 1 edition (February 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BK3HKNA
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Letter To A Vegetarian Nation: We Need Livestock For Sustainable Food Production And Environmental Restoration Kindle Edition
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I was hoping that this book would play a useful part in the ongoing discussion between the vegetarian/vegan and holistic management camps, however I was disappointed. I am neither vegetarian or vegan but I found some of Sheldon's language to be unnecessarily snarky and some of his logical jumps to be abrupt and unconvincing (even though I am convinced that he's correct from my own independent study). I don't think this book is going to convince anyone who doesn't already mostly agree with him. :-(
Regardless it is a wonderful resource for those who are open to the information contained within.
This book was offered in exchange for my opinion/review, assessment and more than lives up to my expectations for a way forward into a more sustainable, solution driven future. As a practicing student of permaculture, retired small holding farmer I believe with this knowledge we can recreate manageable harmony with Gaia’s ecosystems by following this pattern,. Recommended for anyone working the land, growing food and concerned about the future.
The only process we know of that is both sufficiently low-cost and sufficiently low-tech to be implemented worldwide - that is capable of reversing the climate trend - is holistic management, including rotational grazing. Our pattern of mono-cropping plants is a war against the soil and all other life forms, equivalant to the worst kind of biotic cleansing. We need to stop.
If you want to heal the land, sequester massive amounts of carbon, keep water in the soil, and regenerate complex biomes with their full complement of native plants and animals then you will need to do it with millions of grazers.
If we repurposed 75 percent of the world's trashed cropland and restored it from agriculture back to functioning prairies with their full animal cohorts, we could accomplish that within fifteen years. We would then sequester all the carbon released since the beginning of the industrial age and end the global warming threat within 20 to 40 years. As Lierre Keith says, "...the planet wants to be grassland and forest. It does not want to be an agricultural mono-crop. We just need to get out of the way."
Mr. Frith's wonderful work contains ample links to the research and the supporting science, as well as many before-and-after photos. Anyone looking to heal their local landscape would be well advised to start here. Thanks for doing this work Sheldon.