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Livestock farmers are not the problem, they may be the solution

Updated: Oct 20, 2019

By David Fartek from Unsplash

It's easy to say "Don't eat meat!" in this climate change hype. But it turns out, all livestock farmers aren’t devils. And vegetable and grain growers aren’t automatically saviours of our soils. The most sustainable farming systems works with an ecological model, often including animals, that suits their geography.

Diversity is key. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, 70% of the world’s food is grown by smallholders on 10 hectares or fewer. Many of these are mixed farms, where land not suitable for crops is used for livestock, and things that humans can’t, don’t or won’t eat is fed to animals.

Lack of leadership in the climate change space means that we as individuals want to feel empowered. We can choose to buy less, fly less, drive less and avoiding energy-intensive grain-fed animals. It's on us to buy local, seasonal, unprocessed ingredients from integrated, ecological farmers. But the biggest change needs to come from the farmer themselves.

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