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Why Whale Poo is Important to You

Raising pasture-fed animals, we’re all aware of the importance of manure and where it lands. We’re also becoming more well-versed in the carbon cycle and how healthy grasslands can contribute to carbon sequestration and planetary healthy. But since most of us don’t spend a lot of time on the ocean, we may not have considered how the same things that contribute to health on land, are also happening in ocean ecosystems, where enormous whales distribute nutrients in their manure, and act as giant carbon sinks.

This 5-minute TED talk by Marine Biologist Asha De Vos explains the importance of whale poo, and how whales as “ecosystem engineers” contribute to ocean and planetary health. It’s a striking look at how everything and everyone is interconnected.


Here’s the link for our tablet readers.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


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