Cattle ranching

a1234qwerApril 23, 2009

Conventional livestock raising methods have been incredibly environmentally and socially destructive with soil erosion, deforestation, ground water pollution, large portions of agriculture dedicated to growing feed, extermination of billions of predators to protect free ranging livestock, infiltration of non-native plant species, disruption of traditional hunting cultures and on and on. These costs to our environment and health are irrelevant because private industries don't pay them. We do with our destroyed health and environment. In fact we fund our own destruction by unwittingly subsidizing the agricultural industry. Isn't there a better way to raise livestock than continuously warring with nature? Many believe that cattle grazing alone has caused more environmental destruction than lumbering and mining combined. If it is necessary to exterminate millions of predators to protect livestock maybe livestock shouldn't be allowed to roam around. Grazing animals coexisted with predators just fine before the white man decided to disrupt everything for profit. Should millions of acres of the country be fenced off to the rest of us only to be ruined by ranching? Many believe that no matter how cattle are grazed they don't belong in North America because they are native to much wetter Northern European climates. Grazing has been especially destructive in the arid Western part of the country. Also, doesn't the promotion of eating beef discourage the raising and consumption of native animals such as deer, elk, moose, buffalo, etc. whose production may be much more environmentally sound than raising invasive cattle? Some believe that if done properly grazing in the U.S. is not damaging to the environment and may even be beneficial. This may be true, but how many ranchers are following ecologically sound practices? What is the permaculture method of raising livestock ecologically? One reason Americans are largely unaware of food production problems or any of the core problems with the country is that the industries causing the problems own and fund the media, so why would they advertise their crimes? Wouldn't make business sense. Should we be purchasing beef from ranches that claim to graze cattle in an ecologically responsible manner, or is grazing cattle responsibly in North America yet another myth created by industry?

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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

"a1234qwer said,
Many believe that cattle grazing alone has caused more environmental destruction than lumbering and mining combined. If it is necessary to exterminate millions of predators to protect livestock maybe livestock shouldn't be allowed to roam around. Grazing animals coexisted with predators just fine before the white man decided to disrupt everything for profit."

pretty much sums it all up, you should see some of the marginal i should say very marginal land that they clear of habitat to graze cattle on over here. the grazing rate must be out to about 1 head to 20 acres?? or in between, all for tax deductions, gov' hand outs and of course the bottom line. oh and factory/broadacre farms are right up there with them in land degredation and habitat destruction, with all the perks.

if we left the habitat and used the natural grazing animals for that part of the food chain then to me that would be more usustainable, might not need defined farms as such but hunters like i think they ahve in is it iceland or greenland wher they have their deer hunter providing food for the citizens, or used to?

but out come the conservationist (never there to stop the land damage) bless their little hearts, we can't eat our native fauna they are on our national emblem, ok that they can be hunted for control purposes and the meat goes to export where they eat it on the dinner tables or over here goes to pet food, or left to rot in paddocks. but no we can't eat it, well only exclusively at a price the masses can't afford.

len

Here is a link that might be useful: lens garden page

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 3:24PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Farmer/writer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm seems to use the most sustainable methods I've ever seen. Check out his book 'Salad Bar Beef' and see what you think.

Here is a link that might be useful: Polyface farm book list

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 7:46PM
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