chownah: "Crop waste? I am an organic farmer. I have no crop waste. Crop waste is a fabrication of agribusiness....if it doesn't make a profit then it is wasted. Nature does not have crop waste or waste of any kind. Everything that was alive is used by nature to create life........everything that was alive once is used by agribusiness to create a sterile world......how much life is in the burning of biofuels?
Crop waste? The amount of crop waste produced is a direct measure of how out of touch people are with nature.
Wow! All excellent points! I support your reasoning and logic without question.
The other issue in question and under discussion here is which agricultural processes reduce atmospheric CO2 to acceptable concentrations, or are "carbon neutral", and which processes increase green house gas levels,thereby increasing global warming?
making no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, especially through offsetting emissions by planting trees.
I personally experience this all too real choice right in my own backyard every spring and summer as I have chosen to have a compost pile for my future-gardens, which is deposited by me from what would otherwise be called "waste" all along the East perimeter of our property, while my neighbor, just to our North-East piles what he considers to be dead wood, drops from his trees, which he saves for a large bonfire party, which he ritually conducts just before the first winter snowfall in Autumn. Since we have a critter wind block (and sunblock) row of nut (oak & walnut) and sweet sap trees (Maples) and wild berries (blue & black) laden underbrush along the south and north sides of the property, we experience an abundance of birds, squirrels, and chipmunks, just as you so expertly pointed out, which nature does not consider to be waste, but resources to support life. Since even my so-called agri-waste is not sufficient for supporting the local fauna, we also purchase a hundred pound bag of "bird feed" as supplement , which is placed in a large hanging feeder just outside our backyard dog-run fence.
In addition we plant annuals purchased from Home Depot and display them on the front porch in planters. Annuals and perennial spices are also hung from standing racks in the back yard to prevent the dog from digging them up. Hence, we have named this home arrangement "The Hanging Gardens of Hampton", in homage of the area of New Hampshire in which we reside.
My wife keeps "bugging" me to build and install "bat houses", but I have so far resisted due to my fear of bats from growing up with actor Bela Lugosi's late night vampire movies.