For many years, beef was criticised as the most environmentally unfriendly meat but there appeared to be little mention of mutton or lamb. Now, there has been a surge in concern because of the methane sheep produce.
I have my reservations about sheep-farming, based on the destruction of the North York Moors, which I have written about previously. Suffice to say, I would like to see more trees in the said area – but I can see that there are benefits to sheep as well.
I’ve tried looking on the internet for information about the benefits of using sheep’s fleece in the garden and have found almost nothing. One woman in Sweden has been mulching her crops with the stuff as it apparently both helps water retention and prevents water logging. Elsewhere I have learned that fleece contributes nitrogen to the soil and that molluscs don’t like it.
I’ve now made a mat with the loom my dad and I made last year, which was a quick and easy procedure. Except that I had managed to felt the fleece, so it looks like quite a bit of it will be going on the garden as mulch.
Not only therefore might the sheep mitigate their flatulence by enabling more plants to grow, which absorb carbon, but I’d have thought that busying myself with a non-mechanical loom and felt would have had a smaller environmental impact than say watching TV or playing golf. In other words, I wonder if this data is taken into consideration when impact calculations are made?