Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production
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By Nicolette Hahn Niman.
The manifesto of an environmental lawyer and vegetarian turned cattle rancher. For decades environmentalists have believed that livestock - goats, sheep, and others, but especially cattle - erode soils, pollute air and water, damage riparian areas, decimate wildlife populations, and are the single largest contributor to human-generated climate-change emissions. The author argues that cattle are not inherently bad for the earth. The impact of grazing can be either negative or positive, depending on how livestock are managed. In fact, with proper oversight livestock can actually play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by performing the same functions as the natural herbivores that once roamed and grazed there. Grounded in empirical scientific data, this book builds the most comprehensive and convincing argument to date that cattle could actually serve as the earth’s greatest environmental benefactors by helping to build carbon-sequestering soils and prevent desertification. 240 pages, 6 x 9. Softcover. Copyright 2014.