4 Earth Day blogs worth reading today

Earth Day is April 22, and this commemorative day offers a great opportunity to highlight how farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersGranted, private owners sometimes abuse their resources. But, more often than not, that is out of ignorance and not malice. Generally, no government bureaucrat will ever take care of any resource better than the man who owns a capital interest in that resource. To think otherwise is to think illogically due to ignorance of fundamental human behavior.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualBut I still have a problem with “Earth Day” — not the concept but the connotation. I am reminded of the last Quivara Coalition meeting that I went to.  Some little granola crunching fag got up, gave his talk, then tricked the whole crowd into standing and “pledging allegiance to the earth.”As soon as I figured out what was happening, I shut my mouth and tried my best not to puke.

Ah yes, Radical Environmentalism–the new State Religion.

What is missing from the four blogs is any kind of recognition of anything even remotely related to planned grazing. — jtl

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewToday is Earth Day, and it’s the perfect time to talk about how modern beef production is sustainably and efficiently producing meat and by-products to nourish a growing planet. I’ve rounded up four blogs, articles and resources worth reading today. Check them out and pass them along.

1. “Every day is Earth Day” by Rachel Purdy for the National Beef Ambassadors blog

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Purdy writes, “Earth Day is this week! Farmers and ranchers were environmentalists before environmentalists started. Caring for the animals and the land is what makes working in agriculture so rewarding. You The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfitswould be hard pressed to find a producer who is not working to improve the sustainability of their operation. We aren’t only concerned about our operation being able to produce for the next decade, but for several centuries to come.”

Photo Credit: United Soybean Board

2. “15 agricultural innovations protecting the environment on Earth Day” featured on WorldWatch Institute

  Combat Shooter's HandbookReconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteHere is an excerpt: “For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and dwindling natural resources. This year, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet highlights 15 agricultural innovations that are already working on the ground to address some of those problems.”

3. “When it comes to sustainable farms, size shouldn’t matter” by Suzy Friedman for GreenBiz.com

Here is an excerpt: “The reality is that “big” does not equate to “bad,” and “small” doesn’t necessarily mean “good” when it comes to sustainable farming. In fact, it’s the wrong debate altogether.” What really matters is performance, not size. If we’re to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, we’ll need large and small farms alike. And no matter their size, they’ll need to minimize their impacts on the natural systems that sustain us all.”

4. Earth Day resources featured on BEEF magazine

We have pages and pages of Earth Day resources, articles and blog posts featured on beefmagazine.com. Browse through the BEEF Earth Day page here and share your favorites on social media.

Happy Earth Day from my ranch to yours!

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.


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Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.


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