So… Agriculture is destroying the planet, as judged by people who are destroying a desert? Each year for my birthday, I try to do something for myself. In the midst of a busy summer and fall schedule, it's nice to take a little time to get away when I can. This year, work travel took … Continue reading Destroying a Desert – Starting a Labor Day Road Trip
Image via World Wildlife Fund Happy Earth Day this week! I hope you celebrate by sharing more about the work our farmers and ranchers are doing to conserve our environment and be more sustainable in maintaining our open spaces. On Episode 7 of the Agriculture Proud Podcast I feature a conservation group you may have … Continue reading Podcast 007 – World Wildlife Fund on Sustainable Ranching
On Friday, April 22, communities around the globe with be celebrating Earth Day 2016. Founded in 1970, this occasion raises awareness of environmental causes, such as conservation, stewardship and sustainability - three principles agriculture communities participate in on a regular basis. This year's Earth Day theme is "Trees For The Earth" and encourages people to plant trees … Continue reading Agriculture Celebrates Trees on Earth Day 2016
Lately I have been involved in (and observing) some frustrating conversations. We have so many systems at play in the world of agriculture right now, and people are fighting tooth and nail to gain an edge on the competition. Even if that means throwing our neighbor under the bus. It is incredibly difficult to be a … Continue reading 4 frustrating agriculture messages we need to fix
Last week, you may have seen the news creeping across your social media feeds that Virgin mogul and billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, announced he had given up consuming beef in the name of a healthier lifestyle and planet. I say kudos to him! We should all be striving to do more to reduce our environmental impact, try … Continue reading Does removing beef from the diet improve health and environmental sustainability?
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is a food company who takes issue with, as they view it, the systemic problems in modern agriculture. They're not in it to berate the farmer or rancher, but rather to call attention to the national groups, organizations, and corporations who they believe control modern food production and do not represent … Continue reading My Chat with Chipotle on Food With Integrity | Part 1
A Facebook friend recently forwarded this article from The Economist. THIS year Texas had the hottest summer ever recorded in any state. In September wildfires swept through the town of Bastrop, outside Austin, destroying more than 1,000 homes. Thousands of cattle have been sold. The town of Big Spring, up the road from the oil … Continue reading The Thirsty Road Ahead: Be Thankful For Water
Last night I was pacing the kitchen, digging through the fridge, looking for something to eat. A few weeks ago I bought some flat-iron steaks on sale and stuck them in the freezer for safe keeping. There's a start. I love my beef, but it's nice to do something with it. On the counter I … Continue reading Trail Boss’ Cowboy Cookbook
So I'm really not a fan of saturating a conversation with facts and figures, but I saw this video from Merck Animal Health and thought it worth a share. Doing less with more. That is today's American Cattle Farmers and Ranchers. Sustainablebeef.org has much more information on sustainable beef production practices.
Take a minute to read a portion of this article I found from a grass-fed cattle producer who wants to move past the local, farmers' market movement. A challenging view into the local food movement. So, I can say that I want to see my pork in Price Chopper, because behind the veil of the … Continue reading Toss the Farmers’ Markets?