Ranchers often get a bad rap. Every week there’s another story about how ranchers are climate villains. The recent headline-making standoff in Oregon hasn’t done anything to improve their image, either. I’m putting aside my vegetarian compassion for animals right now and focusing purely on the environment here, because if more ranches were like the Granger Ranch (at bottom) then we’d be in better shape.
What I mean is, we should reject the notion that all ranchers (and meat consumers) are part of the global warming problem. Many ranchers are dedicated climate-fixers, intentionally or otherwise, because they employ holistic management practices that actually repair soil and grasslands, turning them into natural carbon sinks. (Check out the Savory Institute website for more info.)
The National Director of Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Ronnie Cummins, recently wrote, “North American cattle ranchers, for the most part, have no love for Cargill, Tyson, Monsanto, JBS, Smithfield, Elanco (animal drugs), or McDonald’s. Most of these ranchers practice traditional animal husbandry, conscientiously taking care of their animals from birth. They graze their cattle free-range on grass, as nature intended, before they’re forced to sell these heretofore-healthy animals at rock-bottom prices to the monopolistic meat cartel.”
That brings me to the star of this particular article: The Granger Ranch. The conscientious rancher in this video shares the history of his family’s ranch, and the lengths he’s gone to to repair his land and turn it into a healthy, bio-diverse landscape – all while raising animals.