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Here’s What Would Happen if We Got Rid of All Livestock in the U.S.

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From our 2018 archives, here’s what the research tells us. What if we got rid of all livestock
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. emily macdonald says:

    Not to nit pick this great article, but in the interest of accuracy, it is not correct that animals are the only non-pill source of calcium as the article states. Green leafy plants and legumes contain calcium ( thats where grazing animals get it).

  2. red says:

    Yet, methane emissions would rise because plants are much harder for bacteria and fungus to digest than manure. CO2 would rise for the same reason, and that soil fauna depend more on animals than plants to feed on, and to create humus/high carbon material in the soil. Desert soils would be destroyed simply because cattle pock the soil, creating shelters for small seeds from the sun and birds. In 1800 we had 60 million bison on the plains, millions of deer all over the nation. Today, the number of bovine is reduced to 41.3 million and they claim we have problems with methane and CO2.

  3. Carole Soule says:

    Not to mention the spiritual loss if livestock disappeared.

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