Animals can help us reduce our carbon footprint

 

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I live out in rural America. I am also privileged to witness first hand how farmers are helping the environment. We have several farmers that have returned to the horse drawn plow to cultivate their one or two acre vegetable gardens or put in several acres of corn. Of course they are saving money by not having to buy fuel for their tractors.

The county I live in also boasts that it is the largest producer of grass seed in the world. Part of the maintenance of the grass fields is to have sheep graze out on them during the winter months so that the grass stays short. In the spring the sheep are taken off the fields and they are allowed to go to seed. The seed is then harvested in the late spring and early summer. Because of that, the sheep industry around here is a large one.

I know some people that have pet sheep and they have to find someone to shear the sheep in late spring. I did ask them what they did with the wool and one of them said she actually tossed it in the trash, the other person let the shearer have it. Both of them were stunned when I told them they could have sold it on eBay.It seems there is a growing trend of wool spinners. People have finally figured out that wool is a sustainable and renewable alternative to polyester (which is an oil based product). Now that people are becoming more environmentally aware, the demand for sustainable wool apparel has taken off like a rocket.

The increase in demand for "green" products have put more pressure on the farmer and rancher. Some have even enlisted the help of advisers to see how they can make their operations more green friendly and at the same time lower their costs. Ramblers Way farm is one such place that produces wool and has been actively looking for ways to further reduce their carbon footprint.

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