The environment also receives benefits from all this. Many studies show that acceptable grazing by ruminant animals on native pastureland will increase the biodiversity of species of grasses. When pastureland is left ungrazed, a single species tends to take over, creating a ‘monoculture’ of that individual grass species. The United States loses about three billion tons of nutrient-wealthy topsoil every year. Rising corn and soy for animal feed using typical methods causes a significant amount of this soil loss. Effectively-managed grazing returns nutrients to the soil as reasonable quantities of manure act as natural fertilizers for the soil. When manure is recycled into the panorama by good pasture administration, the nutrient steadiness in waterways is maintained. Ranchers who protect riparian areas see improvement in water flow: creeks begin to run sooner and stay moist longer, and the grass season is extended.
Heading out in a small boat to find a secluded low-tide spot that nobody else knows about and spend the afternoon clam digging is a fond childhood memory of mine. I grew up on Lengthy Island, NY and as a child, I could walk alongside the shore, dig my toes into the sand and find clams to bring home.… Read More