Deep bed natural pig farming does not need any state of the art waste treatment equipment. In fact it doesn’t need any waste treatment equipment at all. The floor bed is a natural waste treatment facility and fertilizer producer. It uses the power of nature's natural processes to break down waste matter and recycle all waste materials. The agent nature uses for this is indigenous micro-organisms (IMO's).
This is the key component of natural pig farming system. In nature micro-organisms do most of the material circulation. They decompose and convert complex organic materials such a dead plants and animals, secretion, excretion and organic fertilizers into simple compounds so that material circulation is possible. Natural pig farming actively promotes the presence of IMO's in the sty's deep bed flooring system through the use of a simple to produce natural enzyme/microbe rich mixture which is applied to the deep bed flooring. The deep bed flooring system not only absorbs the pigs fecal waste, the IMO's present rapidly break down all pig waste and converts it into organically rich smell free material.
Natural pig farming respects the environment. There is no external pollutants. We do not have slurry lagoons, we do not add to fecal waste by flushing out with water, we do not spread untreated slurry on land. Our deep bed system releases significantly less ammonia into the environment than intensive farms, and produces compost that will not leach into rivers and watercourses ? indeed given that it is high in organic matter and indigenous micro-organisms it provides the best means of putting nutrients and life back into the soil.
There is also no smell pollution even though the sties are open sided. Fecal matter is rapidly broken down by IMO's leaving the deep bed litter floor is sweet smelling, dry and fluffy. People live happily right next to natural pig farming pig raising operations.
With the natural pig farming deep bed system all urine and feces broken down by natural IMO?s (Indigenous micro-organisms) within the pig pen. There is:
- no external omissions
- no slurry
- no smell
- no flies
- no pollution of outside environment at all!
These amazing results come through working with nature, not against it. By respecting nature, by respecting the nature of the animals we raise, by using the power of nature?s natural processes, we protect the environment whilst developing a healthy, live, organically rich fertilizer that works with Mother Nature to nourish and enrich the natural world.
Factory pig farming is notorious for the serious environmental and health problems it causes. The way factory farms store, handle and disperse their pig slurry through aerial liquefied spraying onto fields causes:
- Polluted water tables and ground water
- Polluted rivers, streams and water-way
- Dead waterways due to algae growth and lack of oxygen nitrate pollution from pig waste causes
- Slurry lagoon overflows due to flooding contaminating surrounding land and waterways
- Dead river/stream systems - no longer enough oxygen for fish or plant life
- Devastated fish populations:
a) millions of dead fish due to slurry spills and contaminated waterways
b) diseased and dying fish with gaping sores caused by the deadly pfieteria disease excess of nutrients in the waterc) malformed fish that have both male and female characteristics
- Human disease such as the flesh eating pfiesteria, headaches, lung diseases, nausea, depression and brain damage
- Smell nuisance to people living in area
- Fly nuisance to people living in area
- Air pollution from ammonia
a) increases the nitrogen load in rain which then damages local ecosystems.b) Helps create acid rain
- Metals added to pig feeds such as copper and zinc can build up in soil the fertiliser is used on contaminating crops and risking human health.
When you consider that alternative pig raising systems like natural pig farming and free range systems create none of these problems you can perhaps begin to appreciate how unnecessarily destructive factory farming is to the environment.