Sustainable farming systems that work in harmony with nature have an essential role to play and farmers want to be part of the movement for change.
A sustainable food system is one that will be able to generate nutrients from natural sources, and without using fossil-fuel supplied energy.
What is the value of a life? What is the consequence of a death? Is there a right way to kill? What is the best way to live?
In California, there could not be a more relevant time to draw attention to the health of the open expanses of land surrounding our towns and cities.
Few animals get as bad a rap these days as cattle do. They are blamed for soil erosion, water depletion, overgrazed rangelands, greenhouse gas emissions, and, when eaten, human heart disease. Often missing from such indictments of the mooing, tail-wagging, and, yes, methane-emitting bovine, however, is our role. How we choose to manage cattle determines their environmental impact, not the animals themselves.
The only practical way to produce human-edible food from grassland without releasing large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere is to graze it with ruminants, and with the increasing global population it would be highly irresponsible to stop producing meat, milk and animal fats from grassland, since this would cause even more rainforest to be destroyed to produce soyabean oil and meal, as well as palm oil.
Building off one another’s enthusiasm, the Irwins describe their model of ranching that pulls from agrarian traditions of the past and present to create diverse, resilient agricultural systems that are the engines for ecosystem restoration for our future.
Following on from a public meeting held in Bristol to discuss the role of livestock in future farming systems, the Sustainable Food Trust held a conference on the 24th and 25th November to take the conversation from theory to practice.
It doesn’t really matter what we decide to call it – mob grazing, rotational grazing or paddock grazing – they all essentially mean very similar things.
On the voyage from corporate life at Williams-Sonoma to the running of a 210 acre ranch with over 100 animals, Kelli has developed a different kind of eye along the way; the eye of the stockwoman.
In this interview with Joel Salatin, Joel talks about how the regeneration of his family farm utilized the patterns discovered from observing natural grazing and migration of wild animals in native plant communities.
While we considered the interrelationships between grazing, plants, and soil biology; Robin’s inquisitive and observant mind encouraged us to go deeper into the subject, a pattern that repeated itself throughout our visit.