Don't believe the lies that Cattle are dangerous to the Earth and the Environment. Just the opposite is true.
Our planet has had large grazing herbivores for thousands and thousands of years.
Prior to the mid-1800s, there were an estimated 30-60 million bison, over 10 million elk, 30 to 40 million Whitetail deer, 10 to 13 million Mule deer, and 35 to 100 million pronghorn and caribou roaming North America.
If we go back earlier we see the presence of huge megafauna including the woolly mammoth.
They were roughly about the size of modern African elephants. A male woolly mammoth’s shoulder height was 9 to 11 feet tall and weighed around 6 tons. Its cousin the Steppe mammoth (M. trogontherii) was perhaps the largest one in the family — growing up to 13 to 15 feet tall.
Cattle play a part in the natural cycle of carbon.
Without ruminants to keep forages grazed down and to deposit natural fertilizer, many pastures would become stagnant and overtaken by a few species of plants. Well-managed cattle can create healthier soils and more diverse plant life. This leads to better habitat for wildlife and reduces reliance on synthetic inputs like fertilizer.
When cattle are managed properly they can actually help to ADD carbon back into depleted soils!
Grasslands need to be grazed to stimulate new plant growth. As grazing animals urinate and defecate onto the grass, they move nutrients around which increases soil moisture and feeds underground microorganisms, thereby increasing biodiversity and creating more fertile land for plants and animals alike.
Moving cattle off of a freshly grazed pasture allows the plants time to regrow and maintain their healthy root systems so they can feed carbon to underground microbial and fungal networks in exchange for nutrients the plants need.
Carefully managed, intensive grazing also stimulates diverse plant growth and helps ensure that one species of plant cannot overtake a pasture and shade out other forages.
For more on this, check out and the eye-opening documentary Sacred Cow.
The bottom line is that cows do not present an environmental danger.
What do you think?