Archive for the ‘Forestry’ Category

Ethanol, evil, evil ethanol

January 28, 2007

Hi Brit,

As I’m sure you know, our environmentalist wackos have pushed our political wackos into pushing, by law, the use of ethanol combined with gasoline as an “environmentally friendly” and “anti Global Warming” fuel.  As I always figured, being a farmer and a heavy consumer of distilled spirits, growing crops to turn into combustible fuel is stupid, The new gold rush: how farmers are set to fuel America’s future.  Besides the inefficiency involved with producing this “green” fuel, it also, obviously, reduces the available food supply.  The first signs of the damage this will do are in Mexico, A Culinary and Cultural Staple in Crisis.  You should note that, even if they switch from using corn as the base for ethanol production, there is only so much good farming land, but an ever increasing number of mouths to feed.  The only acres left to plant rest under forests so …

the Grit

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Christmas trees

December 4, 2006

Hi Brit,

Over here, most of our Christmas trees are grown for that purpose.  Just in this area, we have several farms that specialize in growing them, and letting you cut your own at a better price than you can get at those lots which spring up all over the place this time of year.

So, from a global warming point of view, this is a good thing.  The key thing about vegetation, including Christmas trees, is that a large part of their makeup is carbon, sucked as CO2 from the atmosphere.  Since CO2 is one of the gases that is theorized to cause global warming, binding it in organic matter is great.  In technical terms, it’s called a “carbon sink.”

That, by the way, is one of the main problems with the Kyoto treaty.  It only considered CO2 released in a given country (except India and China) but didn’t give credit for CO2 a country takes out of the air.  Heck, even Clinton had the sense not to send it to the Senate for ratification.  I can’t believe y’all bought into it.

Oh, and locally, we have a program where Christmas trees are collected, after the Holidays, and chipped into mulch. 

the Grit

Trees

December 4, 2006

Hey Grit,

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With the start of our Christmas blogs over on britandgrit, I got to thinking about the enormous number of natural Christmas trees we chop down over here every year. You know, with the scientists saying that one of the reasons for global warming being the destruction of forestry, it is a wonder this practice has not been banned (or at least taxed to the hilt.)

Mind you they do look nice standing by the fire with all the lights and tinsel, and the pine needles being trodden into the brand new carpet. Aren’t holiday’s bliss.

the Brit

Trees, beautiful trees

November 21, 2006

Since we grow timber here on the farm, I found this interesting:

Forests cover 30% of the total land area

The total forest area in 2005 is just under 4 billion hectares, corresponding to an average of 0.62 ha per capita. But the area of forest is unevenly distributed. For example, 64 countries with a combined population of 2 billion have less than 0.1 ha of forest per capita. The ten most forest-rich countries account for two-thirds of the total forest area. Seven countries or territories have no forest at all, and an additional 57 have forest on less than 10 percent of their total land area.

You might want to read the rest at: http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/webview/forestry2/index.jsp?siteId=6839&sitetreeId=32246&langId=1&geoId=0

the Grit