Energy and Fuel
Mankind has become heavily reliant on fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal in the industrial age. These fossil fuels were formed millions of years ago, and once used up they cannot be replaced— they are not renewable. The unsustainability of our energy practices is well known, and there is a growing interest in renewable energy sources such as animal and human power, wood, wind, and water power. These are the same sources of energy that were being used long before fossil fuels, and are the energy sources of the future. Even today, more than half the world's population depends on animal power for much of its energy, using animals to pull carts, carry loads, transport people, and perform agricultural activities such as ploughing fields. By some estimates there are 300 million animals being used where power is needed. In the mid-1990s work by draught animals was estimated to be equivalent to a fossil fuel replacement value of $60 million.
In addition to their muscle power, cows provide an excellent source of fuel through their waste. Cows are the source of limitless, clean, non-polluting energy — the cheapest renewable energy in the world. There is no other energy that has all these properties and is useful in agriculture, soil conservation and soil fertility. Cow dung can help us to preserve world's fossil fuel reserves. It is odorless and burns without scorching, providing a slow even heat. In India, where cow dung is used for this purpose, it is estimated that it would cost $15 million per year, not counting the environmental costs, to replace cow dung with coal.
India is a leader in gobar gas technology, and there are many plants in India that produce it. Having rural households run entirely on gobar gas and cow dung would greatly reduce our need for other fuels, including firewood, which will save our forests. Gobar gas based electricity plants can produce clean electricity for use locally, saving on big transmission networks and transmission losses. The production of gobar gas also creates beneficial byproducts — a concentrated form of manure residue that is used as a fertilizer, and methane gas that is used for cooking and for gas-powered lighting.
The entire agriculture and rural transportation can be based on cows, which will massively reduce oil imports, save billions of dollars, and insulate our agriculture from oil related threats and inflation.
All this without affecting our environment.
And we also get wholesome, clean, disease-free food.
We have the best available alternative in the cow. We must realize this and act.