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#1 Old 05-03-2018, 05:31 PM
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shouldn't we plant billions of trees now? because

shouldn't we plant billions of trees now? because


there are more than 2000 species of trees


with edible fruits and nuts and berries


trees produce 21 Million calories per acre


trees produce oxygen and food and timber and wealth.



cows produce 1 Million calories per acre


cows produce Methane which is


30 times higher effect heat-trapping greenhouse gas.
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#2 Old 05-04-2018, 01:21 PM
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Absolutely. There are quite a few research papers that do the math. I won't even list them here because there are so many. you can just google it.

But the more people who go beef free, meat free, or vegan, the less cropland we need.
Some people will point out that not all pasture land is arable land. But a lot of our arable land is devoted to growing food for livestock. And in Brazil, they are actually converting rain forests to either grassland for grazing or crop production for livestock. And both of those are not sustainable.

Of course we have to factor in population growth but most of these calculations point out that the more vegan we get the more people we can feed with less land. So planting forests would be one of the good options we would have.
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shouldn't we plant billions of trees now? because


there are more than 2000 species of trees


with edible fruits and nuts and berries


trees produce 21 Million calories per acre


trees produce oxygen and food and timber and wealth.



cows produce 1 Million calories per acre


cows produce Methane which is


30 times higher effect heat-trapping greenhouse gas.

This is a fascinating topic.

I'm having difficulty finding crop calories/acre data from reputable sources. There are several blogs which present these numbers, but they don't reference any primary research studies.

I did find 1 study from the USDA, but it's from the year 1917: https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/ORC00000242/PDF . Agricultural yields have improved during the last 100 years. Nevertheless, this study states that beef can provide only 130,000 calories per acre per year. This number is very different from that in the OP's post.

Can someone provide links to primary research?
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There are places where we must plant many trees because humans have too cut them. But they must stop to cut them also.


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Yes I believe we should plant trees as they are an essential part of our lives and most of our basic necessities are met by them. So there is no question indeed we should take a pledge to plant as many trees as we can.
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Absolutely. There are quite a few research papers that do the math. I won't even list them here because there are so many. you can just google it.

the more people who go beef free, meat free, or vegan, the less cropland we need.
Some people will point out that not all pasture land is arable land. But a lot of our arable land is devoted to growing food for livestock. And in Brazil, they are actually converting rain forests to either grassland for grazing or crop production for livestock. And both of those are not sustainable.

Of course we have to factor in population growth but most of these calculations point out that the more vegan we get the more people we can feed with less land. So planting forests would be one of the good options we would have.
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About @Mr. H. 's comment that not all pasture land is arable: that's true, of course. And even arable land sometimes suffers from erosion. One thing about trees is that they're a form of permaculture. Managing them to produce food might require different techniques than plowing, etc, but it's an alternative way to produce food from land which might not be suitable for tilling.

I grow vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, kale, and mustard greens of course, as well as some perennial herbs. But here's something special about my black walnut and peach trees which started growing without my having deliberately planted them, as well as my flowering quince bush and the wild grapevine I used to have. The squirrels planted the walnut, and I unintentionally planted the peach. (The grape was growing along the picket fence between my property and my neighbors', but tips of branches kept growing in-between the slats and would damage the fence as the branches got older and thicker... so I had to dig it up. I miss it though. Those grapes were very tangy, and once I picked some leaves to make stuffed grape leaves.)

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Yes, of course, trees are important for our lives. Because of the trees, we are getting fresh air. Trees play a crucial role in removing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas, and surviving air pollution is possible. Every year 50,000 square miles of forest is cut down, worldwide. Trees provide food, protection and home for many birds and mammals. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for the natural environment.

Trees have the most contribution to our environment.
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