Verl (Comfort) – Farm animal farming currently has a bad reputation. Opponents believe, among other things, that it puts too much pressure on the environment and is partly responsible for climate change. Your demand: Abolish animal husbandry and animal-fed grain, people can eat directly. Loser farmer Ludger Bremehr explains why it didn’t work out that way.
“It sounds simple, but it’s complicated,” says Janine Schiemann-Noser, who is responsible for the social media presence, office organization and forage trade at Premier Farm, among other things.
Ludger Bremehr wants people to understand the connections in farming. “Everything is a cycle. Fruits don’t grow in fields just by sun and water. You can’t tear off limbs.” Moreover: “Today, people no longer know how everything works.”
In order for the field to produce a reasonable yield, the plants need fertilizer. This comes from animal droppings. Ideally, the calculation works on a one-to-one basis.
You can’t do that without fertilizer. At some point, the soil is so lean that only weeds or lower fruit grow there. It only works without fertilizer if the field continues for four to six years after harvest, depending on the quality of the soil. Of course, fertilizers can also be produced artificially, but this consumes quite a bit of energy. At present its primary source is still fossil fuels.
The best example of a cycle is the Demeter farms. They are obliged to keep a certain percentage of animals. Even organic food is grown with organic fertilizers, says Ludger Premier. In addition, animals produce carbon dioxide (CO2). The gas, partly responsible for climate change, is converted by plants into starch and oxygen through photosynthesis associated with light and water. “Agriculture takes advantage and improves these natural processes,” says the farmer.
Farmers by Persuasion: Ludger and Elizabeth Bremer advocate animal husbandry.Nor is it by any means that animals eat people’s food. What is good for a cow humans cannot use. “People can’t digest grass,” says Janine Schiemann-Nusser, describing the situation. Yes, with omnivorous pigs, feeding grain to “forced vegetarian” animals could create a competitive position with humans.
In principle, livestock will be fed largely from food scraps (eg pomace, press cake, beet pulp) from industrial food production. In other words, unless people can no longer use it. “We eat sugar and animals eat sugar beet pulp,” Ludger Premier explains. The same applies to soybeans. “Rarely is any soybeans grown for animals,” says Janine Schiemann-Noser. Animals get the meal from soybean oil production, and the pure bean contains so much protein that animals can’t tolerate it at all.
Ludger Bremehr doesn’t want to paint everything beautifully. Not all that glitters in gold in agriculture is also gold. But he objects to the fact that this approach is one-sided to the detriment of farmers. “Bauer’s word almost became divided,” he says.
“Our problem is that things are partially out of control,” says the loser, describing the situation. There are fewer and fewer farmers, but the number of animals remains the same. This focus brings problems. However, it is also not possible without meat as a source of protein to feed people on Earth. Instead, more land should be used to grow soybeans.
He criticizes the argument of meat opponents that human food can be grown on land that is now used as animal feed. The soil in the area is often so poor that it is not at all suitable for growing food. Of course, you can wring something out of every soil with great effort. But potatoes, for example, are traditionally the best in Lower Saxony.
“The debate about vegetarians is very short-sighted,” says Bremmer. It is always said that if there are no more cows, you will no longer need pasture. It is often forgotten that a meadow may not be converted into a field by law if it is more than five years old.
Without fertilizers from animal husbandry, profitable farming would not be possible in the fields.And what about water consumption? It should be 16,000 liters to “produce” one kilo of meat. Premier shakes his head and says, “Water is not consumed. This is also a cycle. Animals sweat again or excrete it in the form of urine.” What evaporates eventually rains down to the ground and after the nutrients are extracted from the urine, the rest returns to nature in the form of water.
Trees will also need water. But no one is bothered by this or pay attention to this fact. And the bigger the tree, the more water it flips over. But even in this case, it is not water consumption, but a cycle. It evaporates through the leaves to return to the ground as rain.
“The moral elevation of vegetarians over carnivores is just not right,” says Ludger Premiere. Everyone should eat what they think is right. Finally, he does not condemn vegetarians or vegans, whose diet can only be made through the manure of animal husbandry.
The problem is not how much is ingested, but rather how much is eliminated. The farmer sets the stake at 50 percent of purchases. Partly because of the low prices. Ludger Premier: “If the price of milk is 80 cents, it doesn’t matter if you throw in two liters.”
Ludger Bremehr also understands that it makes sense to treat nature and the environment in a way that makes sense. “We have to become more humble again and approach things more consciously,” he says. It is unacceptable that only the precious parts of the animal are used in Germany and the rest are marketed abroad. Ludger Premier asks, “Who still eats pork belly these days?”
When it comes to the use of meat, Germany completely ignores reality. An absolute piece of meat doesn’t have to be every day. Delicious soup will do, too. It can be cooked great from a slice of leg or from a long rib. And if more animals are used, the number of animals will also be reduced.
Even if all the arable land was used to grow human food, it would not be enough to feed the people. Meat is the most important source of protein. Premier: “Putting out animal husbandry is a luxury discussion. We can afford it because we are currently sitting on huge mountains of groceries. For this reason, one can also set aside 20 percent of arable land for growing flowers.
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