Grazing for the Greater Good

The earth has evolved with grazing animals, a vital and mutually beneficial relationship. Grasses grow better when bitten off and fertilized by grazing animals. Grasses grazed in short bursts, then allowed to recover, create healthier root systems, which feed and are fed by soil microbes, which create healthier soils, which hold ever more water. Intensively managed grazing (modeled after the grazing habits of large migratory ruminants such as bison) is a crucial means of sequestering carbon in the soil. Two-thirds of earth’s landmass is grass, and when grazed well, provides big gains in terms of planetary recovery.

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