In the Field: Livestock in Regenerative Agriculture

In the Field: Livestock in Regenerative Agriculture

So Kent, should we really be eating meat? Jerry, that’s a big question. A lot of people are talking about that these
days. Well I’m sure hearing a lot about it. I think it’s more the “how” than the “what.” Unfortunately, I think we tend to focus on
the “what” because it’s easy to get a soundbyte around, and it’s also easy to try and develop
policy and regulations around something like that. The “how” is more the art, based on science.
And it’s a little tougher to wrangle in because every site’s going to be different, and how
we do that, but it’s very doable once we understand the key principles of what goes behind regenerative
agriculture, and restoring soil health, and the principles of soil health. When we begin to apply those, we start addressing
things like a whacked-out carbon cycle. We start addressing things like water infiltration,
and improved water quality. Not only surface water quality, but ground
water quality. We start creating habitat opportunities for
grassland wildlife species. And so a lot of things that people are concerned
about in the food system start to get addressed. Really, one of the key soil health principles
is integration of livestock in a managed fashion. And if we can do that well on a particular
site, there’s this whole host of benefits we gain. If it’s not done well, there’s a whole host
of problems that we create. And it’s those problems people have been fixated
on. Even sometimes understanding that we can use livestock, particularly ruminant
livestock to come in and address a host of these issues and produce high-quality, nutrient-dense
food at the same time.

2 thoughts on “In the Field: Livestock in Regenerative Agriculture

  1. Check out the back of Jerry's T-shirt. Then look at our happy cattle. I'm proud to be a member of MN Sustainable Farming Association.

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