- Is global warming happening and is it man-made or natural cycle?
- Farmers can deliver biofuels and take Carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere – safely.
- It is possible to use UK waste to fertilise land and eliminate the importation of mineral fertilisers.
By Bill Butterworth
7 December 2014
The discussion about whether global warming is happening and if it is whether it is man-made or part of a natural cycle is fruitless and typical of an uneducated mind. The problem with ignorance is that it does not know what it does not know.
There are natural cycles which we do not control on global temperature change. We are burning hydrocarbon fuels and producing Carbon dioxide. There is certainly change. We can do at least a little about it to limit the damage and gain time to adjust.
A 330 hectare farm in the Land Network farmers’ group has delivered taking a range of municipal and industrial “wastes” to make compost, so eliminating the use of mineral fertilisers, to grow good crops safely and these include oil seed rape which is used, on the same farm, to produce biodiesel to EN14214. They calculate that taking 1 hectare of oil seed rape grown this way will produce enough energy to run 10 hectares, including all the field work and all the houses of the families who work that land. Also, by pushing up organic matters on their heavy clays, they have cut cultivation energy cost by around 60%. Every hectare of land planted by this farm to oil seed rape (to produce biodiesel), removes 69 tonnes of Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and pumps 73 tonnes of Oxygen back in. *
Another farm in the Land Network group (Land Network Melton) does, again, use “wastes” to make compost to fertilise their land and eliminate groundwater pollution. The river Eye runs through their 330 hectare (800 acre) farm and the two farming brothers are involved with the river authority including conservation of water voles, freshwater crayfish and otters, plus the RSPB with avian biodiversity (76 bird species) and 18 butterfly species on the whole of their farm. They grow several crops and the wheat they produce would make one million loaves of bread.*
*See “Reversing Global Warming for Profit” by Bill Butterworth, published by MX Publishing, London and available from Amazon and good book sellers everywhere.
There is probably around 150 million tonnes of wastes in the UK which could be recycled to land and reduce, possibly eliminate, farmers importing £2.4 billions worth every year of mineral fertilisers, and eliminate the associated pollution of groundwater.
It would be to the great credit to DEFRA and the Environment Agency if they could facilitate this.