Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day is everyday for farmers and ranchers

We were the first environmentalists.

Farmers and ranchers have been caring for this land since the beginning of time. Stewardship is important to use because we make our living from the land, and it is our responsibility to leave it in the same or better shape than we found it. It's great to create awareness about sustainability and the environment on this one day, but the truth is the people that are feeding your families have those things on their mind everyday.

To watch more videos of ranchers participating in stewardship search Oregon Cattlemens or Colorado Cattlemens on YouTube. 

  • Eight-five percent of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for producing crops. By grazing animals on this land American ranchers can more than double the area that can be used to produce food. 
  • U.S. beef producers needed 37 million fewer cattle in 2008 to produce the same amount of meat as in 1975. That is thanks to increased efficiency (more meat per head of cattle) that has lead to less waste and less required feed. 

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