Photo Tour: World's Largest Vertically Integrated Cattle Operation

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W. E. (not verified)
on Jul 7, 2014

Bigger isn't better. Mimicking nature in each particular place on earth is better for livestock, for the farmer and for the consumer, but most especially for the land, wildlife, local weather and climate. Human beings do copy one another. It's a shame some of America's worst mistakes are spreading around the globe. Agriculture's worst mistake since World War II is the attempt to farm as much land as possible, to produce as much grain as possible, to feed as many animals as possible in confinement. Nature intends that ruminant livestock graze and fertilize the land, renewing fertility and building topsoil that is high in organic matter and life. Far too much land that should be grazed is now being farmed, using chemical aids that mine the organic matter from the soil. To encourage the spread of the feedlot mentality worldwide will starve far more people than it feeds. Weather extremes will become the rule, not the exception that they have been for centuries. The earth will end up with more deserts, more gullies, more duststorms, more floods, blizzards, wildfires, and tornadoes, and virtually no trees to attract rain. A new hypothesis suggests that tree cover plays a much greater role in determining rainfall than previously recognized. It explains how forested regions generate large-scale flows in atmospheric water vapor. See
Someday, if mankind grows wise enough, perhaps our food, including our livestock, will grow among tree-strewn savannahs, mimicking nature, and people will find a way to live well among the trees.

on Aug 5, 2014

What are you smoking? Or did you hit too many branches when you fell out of your tree?

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