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7.2 Billion and Counting…

7.2 billion and counting…

Have you ever thought that there are just too many of us on this planet? Like we are the bane of good things and life itself?  It’s something we’ve been programmed to think through propaganda attacks. Think of buzzwords like- Veganism- Global Warming (cow farts)- Food Crises- Overpopulation, Individual Carbon Footprint and all the rest that makes us feel bad for being alive.

All of these words prey upon human emotion to elicit reactive action into contrived outlets: Get a prius, no grass on lawns, move to the city, stop eating meat, etc.  Are the popular options for our current crises really for our benefit?  Our emotions are important, but when we rely solely on them, logic tends to escape us and so does our freedom. So, let’s dive a little deeper into population overload, climate change, sustainability, and our part to play in it all
Urbanization and industrialization have been the blights of our world, not humans themselves. Capitalism and reckless profit have forsaken us, but those are ideas and not humans themselves. You can solve the human dilemma through mass extinction, but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun or rewarding as the educational adventure that I have in mind.

The massive accumulations of food and wealth that have allowed for such an inflated population have been withdrawn from our soil without repayment. This has nothing to do with human reproduction, but thought reproduction. We didn’t achieve “new and improved” farming techniques to support a growing population; we grew an unsustainable population out of an unsustainable food glut that resulted from unsustainable and harmful farming techniques that lead to massive physical assets. Whew. Now, is there a way to resolve this situation without further damage to soil and extreme population reduction?

I think there is, and it’s called regenerative agriculture. It doesn’t involve tilling, it doesn’t involve massive government subsidies, it doesn’t use harmful chemicals that destroy soil biodiversity, you don’t have to buy fictitious carbon credits, and it is something you have power over.

It is something that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and into the land. It is something that brings water back to the land and aquifers. It is something that brings nutrition back into our food. It is something that solves global warming, and all you have to do is learn about it. Once you learn about regenerative agriculture and holistic management, you’re hooked on life for life. Our life begins and ends in the soil, so, what is keeping you from diving in?

Regenerative agriculture has been proven to grow topsoil anywhere from a 1/2 inch to over an inch a year. Without human intervention, this process would take thousands of years. RA is an antidote to the hysteria from reports like- “Only 20 years of topsoil remaining; Kill your babies!”.

Everything you hear on the news is to make you feel guilty for existing and for not driving a Prius (but they’re so lame!) We are humans and we deserve to live abundantly like the other animals. If we get smart about the soil, we can reclaim our dignity and value as “Human Beings- Stewards of the Earth.” Yep, I just gave each and everyone of you a superhero title. Pick up your cape (and overalls) and run with it.

We have siphoned the wealth from the soil, and here it sits atop the earth, unprotected from the sun and scavengers, while the soil dies. Is human reproduction to blame for this, or, is it a lack of education?

Our massive population is not a sign that we need to stop reproducing. Rather it signals us to live with the land and not against it. We cannot do that unless we know her intimately through experiential education. Dig in the soil! Become familiar with terms like “glomalin”, “pore space” “water cycle”, “mycorrhizal fungi” and “mineral cycle.” Realize that the soil is living, that our life depends on it, and with everything we do, we are either killing it or growing it.

Visit a cover cropping farm that supports soil formation and water retention. Check out a ranch that practices holistic management. See how cows help water and seeds to make it in the soil for plants to grow. Plants inhale carbon for breakfast and then gift it back to our soil where it belongs– ruminant animals are crucial to this process. Learn about what it is that you have to do as a person to live with the natural cycles of the earth. Then, share that knowledge with your children. Enrich your soil and enrich your life.

Before you blame human reproduction for this mess we’re in, look at the fastest means of reproduction known to man: Thoughts. Before you blame our nature for the plight we share, search the thoughts in your mind that build our world. Think about what we need to live a life of abundance– we need healthy soil, food, shelter, water, and relationships. That’s about it.

It starts with the soil. Until we change our individual impact on soil ecology, we are just as complicit in global warming, food shortages, drought, and war as any corporation or government. Until we support the soil with our thoughts and actions, we are up shit creek without a popsicle stick.

Get educated on how you can play your part in a healthy and thriving ecosystem today. No government can or will force us to live peacefully with the earth. So, it is up to us to apprise ourselves of what we need to do, and then act.

Find out what you can do today by reading Kristen Ohlsen’s book, ‘The Soil Will Save Us.’ Check out Judy Schwartz’s book, ‘Cows Save The Planet’. Learn more about the importance of cows in our ecosystem and food supply by reading Nicolette Hahn Niman’s (former vegetarian environmental lawyer), ‘Defending Beef’. Visit the Savory Institute on the web, or discover Holistic Management International. Whatever it is you have to do to become educated in our survival…do it! It’s fun, trust me.

Coyote Killing Contests: Why They Impact You

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Coyote Killing Contests: Why They Impact You
I have a sincere appreciation for wildlife that stems from my education and research, time spent in the wilderness, and a sense of duty to play my part as a steward. I have adopted the role of conservationist, and in my work I have come across a startling phenomenon: Coyote killing contests.

These contests are operated by outdoor outfitters and organizations that distribute prize money and winnings to groups of hunters who kill the most coyotes. There are categories for other prizes, such as most pups killed and most pregnant females killed. Such contests are not limited to coyotes and often include foxes, bobcats, cougars and similar graceful predators.

Oftentimes greyhound rescues are recruited to these events to decoy coyotes out of hiding. Coyotes naturally defend their territory, and this results in injury to our domestic canid friends as well. Contest participants frequently leave their dogs out in the wild if unresponsive to a call back, or are injured.

There is no utility in these contests. The targeted animals aren’t going to feed the families of honest hunters, but are discarded promptly. If people only understood the benefits that coyotes and other predators offer our communities, there would be legislative action in all 50 states by next tuesday.

 

What Coyotes Do for Us

 

Your Home

It has been established in bigger cities, like Chicago, that decreases in local predators result in more pest complaints. Coyotes prey upon mice and other rodents that pose a direct threat to your home, and this makes them a useful ally. Also, they keep raccoon and opossum populations in check, which means that the songbirds you love to hear will be safe.

Your Community

Established packs with an alpha male and female act as guardians for your community. These family packs are directed by the alphas who teach pups how to hunt, what to hunt and where to hunt, which is anywhere but your community!  These territorial packs prevent transient coyotes from digging up garbage, preying on pets and posing a problem to your community.

 Ranching

It has been proven that indiscriminate killing of coyotes results in compensatory reproduction and eventual population increase. This occurs through unregulated mating after the extermination of alpha pairs.

With a rapid decrease in predator population comes a concomitant increase in prey animals; rabbits, deer and the like. These prey animals feed on the same forage as rancher’s cattle, thus increasing competition for resources. This directly conflicts the interest of ranchers, considering that fewer than .5 percent of cattle losses are attributed to predation.

Study on Rabbits and Bison

 

Rather than posing a problem for ranchers, the scientific evidence suggests that coyotes are here to help!

 

 

Questioning the Carnage

Considering all of this, I have questions for participants in these contests.

Are you respecting the coyotes? Are you respecting the wildlife? Do they deserve respect? Do you deserve respect? Is there anything that doesn’t deserve respect?

Are you promoting a culture of life or a culture of death? Would you rather your child learn how to coexist peacefully with animals or to kill them indiscriminately?

Is the coyote’s incredible resiliency an excuse to kill without remorse or an indicator that it is incredibly important in the ecosystem?

Are there better ways that you could be spending your time than killing coyotes? Have you researched the ways in which mass and indiscriminate killing of coyotes is counterproductive to the ends that ranchers desire? Did you know that the killing of pack animals who know how how to coexist with ranchers makes room for loners to come through who have yet to learn?

Is there a better way for you to prove your skill in marksmanship? Could you possibly play a video game if you absolutely had to satisfy an urge for bloodlust? When you look back on this life, will you be proud to share a legacy of remorseless and senseless killing with your progeny?

Could killing coyotes in droves possibly be a bad decision? Does your wife love you for how many coyotes you kill or does she love you for the lives you improve? Would your world come crashing to an end if you realized that killing coyotes wasn’t the best use of your time?

If you had to explain to a 5 year old child what you do with your spare time and why, would you be entirely comfortable? Are there any intelligent reasons for you to continue to kill coyotes that you can scientifically validate? Why do you think it is that the overwhelming majority of people vehemently oppose coyote killing contests?

If you were moved to explore deeper into the subject, don’t hesitate to contact me. Please visit www.projectcoyote.org for insights and scientifically vetted information on these beautiful and important creatures.