Leah Kostamo on being Planted: HomeGrown Christianity pt. 1

Leah Kostamo is the author of ‘Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community’.  Lean Kostamo

She is the co-founded  A Rocha in Canada — a Christian conservation organization that endeavors to show God’s love for all creation. A Rocha’s environmental centers have helped thousands of visitors and hundreds of interns practically care for creation by restoring salmon streams, growing organic vegetables and opening the wonder of creation to school kids.

You can connect with her at her blog and on twitter.

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7 comments
BrCurt
BrCurt

I really appreciate what Leah had to say.  I will get her book as soon as I can.  What she and her husband are doing is very important and it sounds like their approach is going to be very fruitful because they are not threatening or judgmental.  Get a lot more done that way, at least most of the time. 


One observation I have may seem kind of small but it really has a big impact when one takes the time to think about it.  When discussing raising grass-fed beef, chickens, goats, rabbits, etc.....,  I think it is important to take into consideration that even the methane produced during the raising of said animals, the carbon released into the atmosphere tends to be balanced because of factors such as healthier soil, which by virtue of being healthy absorbs and stores more carbon than is released by the methane.  Also, by not feeding cows corn, you are saving them from horrible digestive problems because are not meant to eat grains of any kind.  Corn-fed beef is tortured beef.  Same goes for soybeans.  They make cows sick and this only adds to the methane because the food is not digested correctly, so more carbon is released.  Of course the methane from factory raised cattle and  other farm animals speaks for itself as far as promulgating vast numbers of diseases and bacterial infections.  So, pastured-fed animals actually improve the environment, not destroy it.  It would be good to mention this when speaking on the subject so people get the complete picture. 


It would be really cool if you guys could connect with Joel Sallidan of West Virginia and see if you would do an interview for your program.  He is a committed Christian and feels the way he farms and teaches interns is a big part of serving God and his kingdom here and now.   

Jesse Turri
Jesse Turri

This was a great interview @BoSanders. Any chance you found out which quiz Leah was talking about that determined one's individual carbon footprint, i.e. how much acreage one requires to exist?

peterscholtens
peterscholtens

Hey folks, any chance you could post the mp3 so that we don't have to go through the itunes bloatware to get the file?

Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

@Jesse Turri @BoSanders There actually has been much debate from the creators of the ecological footprint and other scholars as to how it is used and understood. The quiz site which you are looking for has evolved and been refined because of this debate and is more applicable to an individual scale. You can find it at: http://www.myfootprint.org . Taking a look at the FAQ section, and About the quiz section helps give someone an idea of what the tool is and how it can function. Hope you aren't too depressed after the quiz!

BoSanders
BoSanders moderator

@peterscholtens Ya - it is right there above the 'Unfolded' logo. To the right it has a 'download' option.  

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