How We Turned the Cattle Industry Into an Unsustainable, Artificial World

Yes, that is right. The cattle business is now dependent on artificial environments that are degrading both profit and the natural environment that is so important to all life. This has been such a gradual change that we didn't realize that the cattle industry was veering off track. It was easy to drift along, concentrating on assumed profitable procedures while overlooking, not understanding, not realizing or totally disregarding how tightly bound our industry is to the natural world. Our downfall came from the notion that man can set his own standards and use technology indiscriminately to attain success without regard to thousands of years of symbiosis between plants and animals in the natural world. This disregard has led us into a system of environmental degradation and a continual battle for survival. We can no longer sustain profitable operations without regard to the past. Little headway can be attained until we accept that nature has to become a component of our planning. We cannot afford to ignore this and continue pouring money into the failed processes that have been devised and followed over the last 40 years. Our problems didn’t begin then, but that is when the plunge into unsustainability was compounded over and over. A high level of an

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3 thoughts on “How We Turned the Cattle Industry Into an Unsustainable, Artificial World

  1. Another GREAT article Chip. Thanks! I really liked the cartoons too! Here is a quote from your article that was right on the mark in my opinion: “Our downfall came from the notion that man can set his own standards and use technology indiscriminately to attain success without regard to thousands of years of symbiosis between plants and animals in the natural world”.

    1. Thanks! We have to give all the credit to Chip Hines! This is his piece. Oops! We accidentally published it with Kathy as the author. Ah, it’s one of those mornings.

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