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Climate Catastrophe : Sooner than expected – Cow as Solution

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So new study on climate change suggests that the tipping point is approaching fast. This particular study talks about  reduced carbon uptake due to soil moisture anomalies. And This negative trend is expected to continue through the 21st century.

What can act as solution?

गौ माता! Yes, there is nothing exaggeration or sentimental here. Purely scientific. Zebu cattle whom we worship as mother, is strongest against drought and arid regions. Not only that, her dung and urine spreaded across the land as they graze, maintains moisture level of the soil! This is big advantage to sustain against adverse conditions. Moisture maintained due to her presence, can help local land to act as carbon sink! It can increase forests’ deceasing capacity to act as carbon sink!

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Climate Change Tipping Point Could Be Coming Sooner than We Think

https://engineering.columbia.edu/press-releases/climate-change-tipping-point


The researchers used data from four Earth System Models from the GLACE-CMIP5 (Global Land Atmosphere Coupling Experiment—Coupled Model Intercomparison Project) experiments, to run a series of experiments to isolate reductions in NBP that are due strictly to changes in soil moisture. They were able to isolate the effects of changes in long-term soil moisture trends (i.e., drying) as well as short-term variability (i.e., the effects of extreme events such as floods and droughts) on the ability of the land to uptake carbon.

“We saw that the value of NBP, in this instance a net gain of carbon on the land surface, would actually be almost twice as high if it weren’t for these changes (variability and trend) in soil moisture,” says Green, the paper’s lead author. “This is a big deal! If soil moisture continues to reduce NBP at the current rate, and the rate of carbon uptake by the land starts to decrease by the middle of this century—as we found in the models—we could potentially see a large increase in the concentration of atmospheric CO2 and a corresponding rise in the effects of global warming and climate change.”

Gentine and Green note that soil-moisture variability notably reduces the present land carbon sink, and their results show that both variability and drying trends reduce it in the future. By quantifying the critical importance of soil-water variability for the terrestrial carbon cycle, and the reduction in carbon uptake due to the effects of these changes in soil moisture, the study findings highlight the necessity of implementing improved modeling of vegetation response to water stress and land–atmosphere coupling in Earth system models to constrain the future terrestrial carbon flux and to better predict future climate.

“Essentially, if there were no droughts and heat waves, if there were not going to be any long-term drying over the next century, then the continents would be able to store almost twice as much carbon as they do now,” says Gentine. “Because soil moisture plays such a large role in the carbon cycle, in the ability of the land to uptake carbon, it’s essential that processes related to its representation in models become a top research priority.”

Cow the mother and social skills for autistic child

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If pet-relation can cure, imagine the impact of mother-child relation. Effect is beyond human imagination.

Go. Better late than never. Establish new relation with mother i.e. गौमाता!

Spend time with her until you die or she. She is mother. She can take care of you forever.

I shared here many times that worshipping Gau mata is superb medicine that cures not only physical body but also our energy footprints and mind.

Check this study how mere having Pet @ home helps Autistic children.

If a pet can do wonder, imagine mother’s impact. 🙂 (Y)

Try this: If you know anyone suffering from psychological disorder, ask him/her to spend 15 days @ Gau shala, taking care of Gau mata. Worth trying. I have seen change in few people.

PS: Park your ‘Sameness’ logic aside. All pets are same is good but individual’s capacity does matter.


Research


Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. But dogs may be particularly beneficial for kids with autism, acting as a “social lubricant” that helps them build assertiveness and confidence in their interactions with others, according to new research from the University of Missouri.

The researchers surveyed 70 families with autistic children between the ages of eight and 18, all of whom were patients at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Nearly 70 percent of the participating families had dogs, half had cats, and some owned other pets including fish, rodents, rabbits, reptiles and birds.

The study’s lead author Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the University of Missouri, observed that autistic children are were likely to engage socially in social situations where pets were present. While previous research has focused specially on the ways that dogs benefit the development of autistic children, Carlisle found that pets of any type were beneficial for the childrens’ social skills.

“When I compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills,” Carlisle said in a statement. “More significantly, however, the data revealed that children with any kind of pet in the home reported being more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people’s questions. These kinds of social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism, but this study showed children’s assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/pets-children-autism_n_6396348?ec_carp=30206386239911465

New Trend in US: $300 session for cow cuddling therapy!

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Cow Cuddling Is The New Wellness Trend Now And It Costs $300 For A 90-Minute Session

According to PubMed, there is proof that humans can decrease their stress levels by interacting with animals. How one may choose to go about that is their own preference. While this concept, in particular, might sound a little strange, the new therapy trend falls in line with other programs we’ve seen in the past. Remember goat yoga? Or cat yoga? What about bunny yoga? While yoga with a cow might be a little tricky, cuddling with them might be the next best thing.

Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York has a program offering the ‘Horse & Cow Experience’ where individuals can spend time connecting with the large barnyard animals. You can interact with them however you want to by petting, brushing or playing. If you’re not in the mood to play with the animals, you can simply cuddle with them. “Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours. Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing,” Mountain Horse Farm wrote on their website.

https://beyondblindfold.com/cow-cuddling-is-the-new-wellness-trend-now-and-it-costs-300-for-a-90-minute-session

If I ask educated Indians to go to Gau Shala daily, they will raise their eyebrows! What nonsense! Who has time to visit Gau shala daily? And damn! For what reason! 😀

Check this out: Americans are paying $300 for 90 minutes cow cuddling session! Oh yes, you read it right!!

Cuddling has magic impact on your health!

We have written in past:

Cowshed : Solution for Auto-immune diseases

Gau Shala : Future School Infrastructure Need

Cow milk without visiting Gau shala?

Woven Into Visuals : Gurukul, Gau and Immunity

Happy Cow is Kamadhenu: Serotonin Vs Worship

Mother is not milk machine

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Many Gujarati(s) feel pride when they read news items that Gir cows in Brazil yield 80 ltr per day! Minimum 50 ltr per day!

First of all, we must get rid of this consumerist attitude and look mother as milk machine! Mother gives milk as per local terrain, food offered to her, season and care-taker’s love and care for her. Quality matters and not quantity!

Now, read these research and new items to realize why milk yield is higher!


Boost for dairy & poultry industries: Fish and beer waste are food for cattle, poultry

Most fish turned into fish-meal for LIVESTOCK

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/most-fish-turned-fishmeal-are-species-we-could-be-eating?mode=blog&context=116


Research


Effects of feeding fish meal to cows on digestibility, milk production, and milk composition.

Holstein cows in early lactation, producing about 30 kg/d of milk, were fed high energy diets containing 5% Megalac. Three protein treatments, soybean meal diet (16% CP), fish meal diet (16% CP), and soybean meal-fish meal diet (20% CP) were compared in a change-over design. Digestibilities of DM, gross energy, CP, and ADF were not affected significantly by protein treatments. The fish meal diet decreased DMI but increased milk and SCM production compared with the soybean meal diet. Daily production of milk, SCM, and milk components (fat, protein, and lactose) were highest and BW gain lowest for the high protein soybean meal-fish meal diet. The fish meal and soybean meal-fish meal diets increased fat percentage but decreased lactose percentage of milk compared with soybean meal diet. This suggests that, for each diet, the energy supply was adequate, and the observed changes were the effects of protein (i.e., AA) supply to the cows. Thus, there seems to be good reason to feed a good quality undegradable protein like fish meal to cows producing more than 30 kg/d of milk.

Shri Krishna’s way: Neither being Militant Vegan nor being Gullible Dairy consumer

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In one seminar, the doctor told his audience that Milk also causes Cancer.

This is called ‘Half truth’ due to ‘Bookish information’. Doctor was right but he should have mentioned correct factors. Gau seva and Gau Prasad (milk, dahi, ghee, mutra, gobar) are ageless rituals of this land (in gau-friendly terrain). Cancer was not prevalent in society until foreign breed were introduced to farmers by NDDB. So being a doctor, he should have done research and gave right information.

1) Milk from A1 cows has potential to cause cancer due to genetically markers that releases BCM7 in milk
2) Milk from A1 or A2 cows, treated inhumanly **, can cause sickness since stress given to cows disturbs their prana and vata.

****treated inhumanly means:

1) When processed food is fed,
2) When meat and flesh is fed to increase milk yield
3) When hormone injections are given
4) When artificial pregnancy is forced
5) When her calves are not given their share of milk
6) When she is not allowed to graze in the field
7) When she is not given fresh water to drink
8) When she is treated like a slave or machine
9) When the milk is sold (Milk is the only source of income)
10) when the milk is processed at high temperature (Dairy)

In short, mental and physical stress (A2 cows) or physical limitation(A1 cows) is root cause of cancer caused by milk.

श्री कृष्ण suggests in Gita to walk on middle path. युक्त is the prefix used. Sensible decisions.

Relying on modern dairy is extreme end.
Being militant Vegan is another extreme.

We must find the middle path. युक्त path. Sensible way of living that promoted environmental and societal stability.

And when you cannot find middle path by own, seek guidance from last generation, scriptures. Research and find out local traditions.

In my limited understanding, this is about middle path:

When you buy milk from dairy, in sachets, you get information about nutritional content.

Do you get following information?

1) What food is given to cow?
2) Are there any hormone injection given?
3) Were they kept in clean place?
4) Were calves of cow given milk before milking for sell?

These factors too play role in our health or sickness (Just like Chemical farming vs Organic farming). If we say, we are educated and modern, why do we ignore these facts? Selectively wise? 😀 Self-denial? Helpless ? Slaves?

Good morning. Think about this. Take care. We must no rely on fancy brand names for our daily food. It is critical to establish link with our food i.e.

Grow your own food

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Get connected with farmer and gau shala.

This is early suggestion from future. Sooner or later, society will have to move in this direction. Disconnect from food source is one of the major causes of our chaos.

Otherwise, extreme ways will lead us to collapse

ભાથીજી મહારાજ: A tale of beheaded warrior fighting for cow protection

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A Warrior who fought to protect cows even after being beheaded!
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Not so long ago, this land observed mighty warriors protecting Gau mata. One such hero is still worshiped by several lower castes in Gujarat ( they are actually deemed lower caste by British planned Indian constitution but in reality, they are warriors fought against invasions and saved this land and culture. Some of them when captured by foreign forces, were forced to do slave jobs.)

You must know Bhathiji Maharaj !

Bhathiji or Bhathi Khatri also called Bhathiji Maharaj (as a honorific) is a folk deity of Gujarat. He is an eminent warrior-hero of the region.

As per the folklore, Bhathi was the second son of Kathi Darbar Takhatsinghji of Phagvel born in Rathor branch of Kshatriya clan. While he was marrying Kankuben and was completing the fourth of the seventh fera, he came to know that Muslim king of Kapadvanj, receiving a complaint against him had impounded the cattle of the village. Bhathiji immediately left riding a horse with his sword, leaving the marriage incomplete. He released the cow and defeated the army, but his head was severed from his body. He died as martyr but was able to free the cattle.[1] There are folk songs of how Bhatihiji’s headless body continued to fight the Muslim raiders till all of them were wiped out.[2]

Bhathiji is ever since worshipped as a folk deity as a protector of cow and followers believe, those who worship Bhathiji are protected also from bites of snakes, cobras and scorpions.[1] The Baria Kshatiryas and Rathor of Saurashtra worship his as kuladevata[3]

Further, most of the Bhuas – irrespective of castes that they belong to, worship Bhathiji Maharaj. Bhuas, whose main job is to save people from the effects of mailee vidhya and woo away the spirits, believe, they are bestowed upon mystical powers by good spirits like Bhathiji Maharaj and so worship him.[4]Bhathiji is worshiped by Hindus to cure ill livestock and family members. Bhuva, the priest of is approached for diagnosis and curing of disease among men and animals. When a family member, a cow, a buffalo etc. falls ill or dies, it is believed that the spirit of an ancestor had been annoyed because of neglect of timely worship, lack of offering ritual food and respect. When someone is harassed by an evil spirit, the Bhuva of is consulted. If the evil spirit tries to evade the commands of Vachhada Dada, the bhuva threatens to punish the spirit by inciting against it the wrath of this powerful deity.[4]

The iconography of Bhatihiji is of a male warrior that rides a horse wielding a sword in his right hand.[4]

In Devada village of Kheda district of Gujarat, hundreds of worshippers of Bhathiji, Hindus as well as Muslims, line up there every Friday to seek the blessings of the deity and the priest, and take a vow to renounce liquor.[5]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhathiji

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As a CM, In 2002, Narendra Modi, then the Gujarat chief Minister, flagged off his Gaurav Yatra from Bhathiji Temeple at Phagvel.[1][7]

I still cannot digest his recent stand against Gau-rakshaks.

गौ आधारित खेती: Important for climate stabilization

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We have discussed this ample times. Unfortunately, our society’s will and political will is weakest in the history. We must stop all western agriculture practices immediately and go back to roots. It is dangerous idea to enforce migration of agriculture belt population to cities for so called virtual GDP growth. Destructive.

Read more on it. This is western view so there is now cow here. Do read this old article to realize why cow plays critical role in climate recovery formula.

Gau Gavya and Gau-Raksha


Research


Improving soil quality can slow global warming

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/8/eaaq0932

Removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) combined with emission reduction is necessary to keep climate warming below the internationally agreed upon 2°C target. Soil organic carbon sequestration through agricultural management has been proposed as a means to lower atmospheric CO2 concentration, but the magnitude needed to meaningfully lower temperature is unknown. We show that sequestration of 0.68 Pg C year−1 for 85 years could lower global temperature by 0.1°C in 2100 when combined with a low emission trajectory [Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 2.6]. This value is potentially achievable using existing agricultural management approaches, without decreasing land area for food production. Existing agricultural mitigation approaches could lower global temperature by up to 0.26°C under RCP 2.6 or as much as 25% of remaining warming to 2°C. This declines to 0.14°C under RCP 8.5. Results were sensitive to assumptions regarding the duration of carbon sequestration rates, which is poorly constrained by data. Results provide a framework for the potential role of agricultural soil organic carbon sequestration in climate change mitigation.


Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new UC  Berkeley study.

The researchers found that well-established agricultural management practices such as planting cover crops, optimizing grazing and sowing legumes on rangelands, if instituted globally, could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil to make a significant contribution to international global warming targets.

Their initial aim was to determine if such practices could reduce global temperatures at least 0.1 degree Celsius (0.18 degrees Fahrenheit). This is one-tenth of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s goal of limiting the average global temperature increase between now and the year 2100 to 1 degree Celsius (1.8ºF), or 2 above temperatures before the industrial revolution.

When combined with aggressive carbon emission reductions – the best scenario for limiting warming from climate change – the study found that improved agricultural management could reduce global temperatures 0.26 degrees Celsius – nearly half a degree Fahrenheit – by 2100.

“As someone who has been working on carbon sequestration for a long time, I have always had this question in the back of my mind, ‘Will sequestration in soils make a difference with climate change at a global scale?’ ” said study senior author Whendee Silver, a professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley. “We found that there are a wide range of practices deployable on a large scale that could have a detectable worldwide impact. A big take-home message is that we know how to do this, it is achievable.”

Cow Dung, Soil moisture and Rain

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Agriculture in India is panchang(पञ्चांग) driven. We plan agriculture activities based on specific tithis. Take for example: Monsoon crop preparation starts very early summer.

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अक्षय तृतीया – The day when we start new crop season. It is the day when farmer begins new food cycle for us. Day when farmer community requires our support. It is not just about food, essential rain cycle depends upon how for next 1-2 months we maintain soil moisture. Once the land is ploughed, it is kept open for cows grazing. Free flow of cow urine and dung keep the soil moisture intact.

Keeping land open to the sun for 1-2 months before monsoon along with cow dung and urine based moisture play role in bringing rain to the land as per latest research hints.

Moisture, such as from soil, is one of three ingredients necessary to create rain. Also needed are an upward motion of air from the earth’s surface into cooler parts of the upper atmosphere, which drier soils are good at facilitating, and a source of water vapor.

Maintaining soil moisture with the help of cow dung is not only important for soil fertility but also to attract monsoon rain and future ground-water storage.

Here is the research supporting this timeless methods followed by Indian farmers.

 


Research


Does Rain Follow the Plow?

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/does-rain-follow-plow

There are many factors that play a role in whether or not it rains, and research from the University of Arizona shows that human activity such as cultivating agricultural fields may be one of them.
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here are three ingredients necessary to create rain, Zeng said, and moisture – from atmospheric humidity, plants, bodies of water or soil – is one of them. Also needed are an upward motion of air from the earth’s surface into cooler parts of the upper atmosphere, which drier soils are good at facilitating, and a source of water vapor.

Welty and Zeng found that morning soil moisture can affect afternoon rain accumulations over the Southern Great Plains during the warm season and the impact differs based on atmospheric conditions. On days when the wind brings limited moisture to the region, drier soils enhance afternoon rain. But when the wind brings greater moisture to the region, wetter soils increase afternoon rain.

“The dry soils that enhance afternoon rain are acting like conveyor belts for warm air that’s being sent into the upper atmosphere,” Zeng said. “Combine that upward motion with moisture and a water vapor source, and the result is afternoon rain.”

Conversely, when atmospheric conditions are bringing moisture to the region, it acts as a source of water vapor, which, when added to the upward motion of air, produces rain.

Their findings suggest that land surface changes in response to both climate and human activity could be significant.

Zeng, whose research specialties include climate modeling, land-atmosphere-ocean interface processes and hydrometeorology, noted the ideas developed during the study could be further used for “global analysis based on NASA satellite measurements and climate models.”

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/does-rain-follow-plow

Reinventing wheels : Soil microbes are key for sustainable agriculture

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When I read research like this, I imagine how far we tolerated these profit-devils in agri-business? To earn petty profits, they killed soil, made farmers more and more poor and created crisis everywhere.

Chemical agriculture is a curse for mankind. Especially, most fertile land owner country India, it is greatest fall of dharma. This land’s dharma is to feed the world and not her own subjects. We are now in a position where we have to import food. So great green revolution.

“The fact that the traits that govern these partnerships vary between plants of the same species and are heritable shows that they can be selected for by breeders,” Wendlandt said. “Ultimately, we hope that agronomists will use this research to develop plant varieties that make the most of the soil microbes they encounter. This could reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers, which are expensive for growers and can pollute the environment.”

There is only way to reverse this. Cow-based farming. Only cow can help soil. Both are called गौ in Sanskrit. Only one Gau can cuddle another one. Our job is to facilitate this relation.


Research


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Top-Performing Soil Microbes Could Be Key to Sustainable Agriculture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Beautiful things can happen when plants surround themselves with the right microbes. A study on Acmispon strigosus, a plant in the pea family, showed a 13-fold growth increase in plants that partnered with a highly effective strain of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Bradyrhizobium.

The ability of plants to use beneficial microbes to boost their growth is not lost on agronomists. Some breeders think understanding the traits that enable crops to recruit top-performing microbes is key to the future of sustainable agriculture.

A roadblock in capitalizing on the beneficial work of microbes is the complex genetic and environmental factors that govern their role in plant growth. Left unattended, plants don’t always recruit beneficial microbes, instead surrounding themselves with a mix of both helpful and ineffective bacteria. Attempts to manage the microbial populations plants encounter in the soil—by inoculating with beneficial strains—have largely failed.

“It is very difficult to predict which combinations of microbes will be successful under field conditions, since the microbes that are beneficial to plants in the lab do not always compete successfully against microbes that already exist in the field,” said Joel Sachs, a professor of evolutionary ecology at the University of California, Riverside and member of the university’s Institute for Integrative Genome Biology. “A promising alternative is to breed plants that are better at managing their own microbial partners, an advancement that will be passed down to future generations.”

In a study published today in New Phytologist, Sachs’ team has advanced our understanding of how plant genetics and environmental factors affect microbial soil populations in the field. The paper’s first author is Camille Wendlandt, a graduate student in Sachs’ research group.

The researchers investigated whether Acmispon strigosus (the pea plant) changes how it associates with different strains of nitrogen-fixing bacteria when its environment changes. Surprisingly, they found that changing the plants’ environment by fertilizing the soil did not change how plants associated with microbes. Instead, the researchers found that genetic variation between the pea plants was most important in explaining whether plants invested in relationships with the most beneficial microbes. In other words, some variants of the plant are better than others at developing these beneficial partnerships.

Only Cow-Culture can protect plants from extreme weather

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Yes, call it cow-culture or गौ-संस्कृति. It is only with the help cows, we can help our crops and man-made forests to sustain extreme temperatures.

Plants are less stressed if they have these natural microbes

With cows, we receive two extremely important prasad (प्रसाद). Essence. No, it is not milk! It is dung and urine! Let there be rivers of dung and urine flowing on our land! That is how we can live weather-proof life.

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Research


Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/09/19/microbes-help-plants-survive-in-severe-drought/

With California in its fifth year of severe drought and many western states experiencing another year of unusually dry conditions, plants are stressed.

Agricultural crops, grasses and garden plants alike can get sick and die when factors such as drought and excess sun force them to work harder to survive.

Now, plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, University of Washington research has found. Specifically, plants that are given a dose of microbes stay green longer and are able to withstand drought conditions by growing more leaves and roots and using less water.

“Plants are less stressed if they have these natural microbes,” said senior author Sharon Doty, a UW professor of environmental and forest sciences. “They will help plants deal with environmental challenges, especially with climate change.”

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