In this photo provided by the University of California, Research and Extension Center, sheep graze in experimental plots inside a vineyard in Hopland, Calif. University researchers are trying to train sheep to be grape mowers. Sheep are useful field hands in many ways. They don't use gasoline, eat weeds with enthusiastic abandon and even come with a handy fertilizer dispenser in the rear. 

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Should farmers be required to use animals as much as is possible, to help reduce pollution from farm equipment?
In this photo provided by the University of California, Research and Extension Center, sheep graze in experimental plots inside a vineyard in Hopland, Calif. University researchers are trying to train sheep to be grape mowers. Sheep are useful field hands in many ways. They don`t use gasoline, eat weeds with enthusiastic abandon and even come with a handy fertilizer dispenser in the rear.

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14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 4:54:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm more worried about pollution from big business and automobiles than I am the farmers who put food on our tables.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 4:54:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Hmmm. "As much as possible" could mean a lot of things. Technically they could probably run a whole farm with just animals and no machinery at all.

But it would be inefficient as hell, cost heaps and be uncompetitive against other markets.

Not saying some extra use of animals it's a bad idea necessarily. But I don't think it needs to be legislated for.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 4:57:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not when methane from cow farts contributes far more to global warming than carbon dioxide.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 4:58:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Is that a proven fact. I would love to see the story. Supply a link.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 5:03:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
well it came from a science text book, so I can't, but it is a scientific fact that methane is a more potent green house gas than CO2, as is water, but as they are natural sources and you can't do much about them with destroying the balence of everything else you don't worry about it.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 12:59:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think cows would be doing a lot of work - maybe pulling a plow?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 1:12:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would be good, but the animal welfare issue would have to come into it somewhere, causing a right who-har
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/6/07 - 5:11:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
it should be suggested that they use their animals as much as possible but it definately should not be required. There are so many other things that should be regulated like big businesses that create much more harmful gases than farms do
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/6/07 - 6:52:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, pick on the farmers.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/11/07 - 7:04:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wouldn't the excrement from the animals be more of a pollutant?

That stuff does surprising damage when it gets into the water system.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/20/07 - 4:26:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/23/2007 4:54:01 AM TheGrizzly1 wrote:
I'm more worried about pollution from big business and automobiles than I am the farmers who put food on our tables.

fo sho.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/4/07 - 5:05:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds reasonable, but that won't stop the big businesses and gas-guzzling cars etc. from polluting. Every little bit helps though...
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/7/07 - 4:49:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would have unforseen problems, because animals cannot do an endless amout of labor, and therefore the amout of food farmers could produce would be seriously reduced.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/10/07 - 12:51:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I could imagine that having a really negative impact on how much they would be able to produce...



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