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Kind of numb: almost half of the USA is used to raise cows

 
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There are 5600 bison in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta.  There a more than 10,000 in Canada.  The group in Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest free-roaming herd of bison in the world. There's lots of info on wood bison here:  https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/nature/science/especes-species/liste-list/eep-sar3u#a1
 
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Some things to add to this.

For those saying go back to wild life how are you going to regulate poplulations and grazing patterns.  By natural means it means bringing back predators in droves which makes it a less efficient as a food producer.  Human control possibly better but you still need to regulate grazing or you will do environmental damage too.

Any ruminant's biggest advantage is they take a crop that we cannot utilize and convert it to one that we can.

Most of the assumptions on cattle are far from the truth.  If you look at the cowspiracy video for example it assumes all cows are raised in the worst possible way, that all water that hits the ground can be directly used for human benefit, that the land is destroyed for other uses.  It ignores the fact that most of the water for grazing situations is going into the ground and unless the area is paved over will not be available for direct human use, and that ranchers don't want to spend money making hay if they can simply graze.  It also ignores the fact that much of that land does not have better uses and that used properly for grazing it stores carbon  It also ignores the benefits derived.  For example in my area irrigation increases greatly the carrying capacity of this area for wild life.

Suggest taking modern soils sciences classes first on soil carbon building.  Then look at Savory's info on grazing.  Will we be better off eliminating meat?  If Savory is even partially right I would argue the answer is no.  Do we need to change what is best practices?  Most certainly yes.   It might look something like this.  Ruminats are grazed thru the late spring and into late fall.  Now the intensive control to reach Savory's grazing will wreck most first world ranches because the cost in labor is to high.  But we might solve that with technology.  Do it right and ranching becomes a no fossils fuels harvesting machine that produces both food and fuel.
 
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Personally, I would like to see people more closely match livestock to land. Lots of people in southern Oregon raise beef cattle. The land here is not really suited to that, goats are a much better choice. We have lots of native shrubs that goats love that don't require irrigation. They also help with fuels reduction in a heavy fire area. The problem is the solution.
 
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