Lepke Buchalter

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There isn't enough urban room for a urban rain forest that would have much of an impact. Just to counter the co2 of the humans in a large city would take hundreds of acres, probably thousands of acres. The best way is to keep the forests and farm land we have. Require and enforce replanting after logging. Go to a longer cycle between loggings. Bigger trees convert more co2. Stop urban sprawl.
3 months ago
I had a dairy, beef cows and horses. I had draft horses because I liked them, not because they were cheaper than tractors. A tractor is much cheaper than any draft animal over the course of their working years. Many classic tractors are way overpriced because many others want them, too. For example a Ford 8N is worth double of what it was worth 30 years ago. Your best bet for low cost is a new made in India tractor.
A draft animal needs some other feed than what the small farmer can grow, like balanced grains, and vitamins, worming, vaccinations, shoes or you end up with a sick or dead animal. Then there's the harness, horse collar, single tree, reins, all needing constant attention or they fall apart. A horse needs about 3 acres of good pasture. Otherwise in the rainy season, all you have is mud. A working horse needs 25 pounds/day or more of a good grain mix. Maintaining good pasture with feed value means plowing it under every 4 years or so and reseeding.
Farmers, before tractors, had about half of their farm dedicated to animal food production. Failure to properly feed a working animal causes eventual death.
There is a trap, safe for other animals, that kills rats and mice by using a co2 powered striker. The mouse is then eaten by whatever animal or bird that finds them. Trap does 24 before co2 cartridge needs to be changed.
Not cheap, but hands free, totally automatic. About $200 US. Cheaper on ebay or Amazon.
https://cart.automatictrap.com/collections/a24-traps/products/a24-rat-and-mouse-trap-kit-with-counter-1
3 months ago
I am a certified welder and welded lot of galvanized metal. I never wore a mask but used a fan or the wind to keep the fumes away. I also was a commercial fisherman.We used galvanized stove pipe because painted steel pipe only lasts a couple years in salt air. Fishing boats are much more confined than the average house or cabin.  I'm 70 and have no health issues from a lifetime using zinc coated items.
3 months ago