Check out this article about a Stanford University study showing how high-yield agriculture slows the pace of global warming
Also, consider this: We’re all in this together. At Drovers/CattleNetwork we support the efforts of livestock producers to add value and differentiate their products. If they can find ways to improve profits through natural, organic, free-range or local-production systems, we applaud their success. They cross the line of honesty and integrity though, when they feel the need to promote their system with veiled inferences — or outright accusations — that conventionally produced beef is unsafe, unhealthy, environmentally destructive or unsustainable.
Finally, anyone who thinks their production system insulates them from the agenda of animal-rights activists needs to think again. Groups such as PETA and HSUS are determined to end animal agriculture. They’ve focused their efforts on large operations because they are easier targets, finding a message in “factory farming” that resonates with a poorly informed public. But make no mistake, these groups do not care about your choice of production practices. They don’t care if you feed your animals home-baked organic oatmeal cookies and sing them to sleep at night. They want to put you out of business.
This is not a time for producers to point fingers, attack each other and play into the hands of extremists. Instead, we should present a unified voice and a common message. That message is that the vast majority of beef producers, large and small, organic or conventional, take stewardship of their animals and land seriously. They strive to practice sound, responsible management and continuously seek ways to improve. The small minority who intentionally abuse animals need intensive education or a career change.