Hill informed the council that 70% of agriculture GHG emissions comes form “enteric fermentation,” which is the politely scientific term for cow burps and gas releases. This, Hill proclaimed, must be reduced by just under 50% by the year 2030.
John Kerry and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced after a meeting that 24 additional nations had joined the pledge. However, China, Russia and India, which produce more than 33% of the world’s methane emissions, remained off the list.
Vermont state Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, in an appearance Wednesday on the “Morning Drive” radio show with hosts Marcus Certa and Kurt Wright, offered sobering words about the outlook of Vermont’s small farm industry.
The recent “State of the Lake Report,” published by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, shows many areas of lake water improvement but it also acknowledges more work remains to clean up the lake.
Industrial agriculture offers one of the most important areas for humans to reduce fossil fuel consumption. But the focus on cows — and meat in general — is largely misplaced.
For a certain group of folks (mostly men, mostly ex-farmers, or those same who grew up on a farm), restoring an old farm contraption has the same irresistible allure as, well, gingerly rubbing a genie’s bottle with a dollop of 10W-40 to help things along.
The 2020 annual report of the Vermont Community Foundation describes some of its work to strengthen our local food system especially in the disruptive year of COVID.
Vermont’s Farm to Plate program has offered up yet another example of the fictional absurdity, and blatant unconstitutionality, of the government’s effort to use the race card to subjugate Vermonters into submission.
Since Tropical Storm Irene devastated many central state farming operations, the Vermont-based fund has made over $2 million in loans to area farmers and food producers to help fortify the local agribusiness economy.
In a year when the Vermont Legislature is weighing slanderous legislation that alleges white Vermont farmers used Jim Crow and sharecropping laws to eject blacks from Vermont farmland, or that Vermonters committed genocide against native peoples, Xusana Davis has repeatedly sneered at Vermonters and Vermont dairy.
Vermont dairy farmers have been struggling economically for decades. Now comes a call by the Sierra Club, and its Vermont chapter, along with the organization’s other state chapters, to petition the White House to regulate emissions by dairy farms with 500 or more cows.
Talking about the economics of maple for small farmers, though, Krieg was less enthused. “It became really apparent to me that the small farmers are having a really tough time and are going to have an even tougher time surviving,” he said of his experience in the maple industry.