One of the reasons the farmers at Brookfront Farms are so passionate about raising animals on fresh green pasture the way they do, is that they're producing a much healthier food for people than conventional 'factory' farms. Grass is the most nutrient-dense plant in all of nature (perhaps second only to algae), and cows spend almost the entire lives eating it. As a result, their tissues accumulate an enormous amount of nutrients, which are then transferred to humans when they eat the grass-fed beef.
There's another, even more important reason the farmers at Brookfront are passionate about what they do: The positive impact their farming methods are having on the environment. Before we get to the environmental benefits of raising animals on pasture, it's critical to understand the devastation that modern agriculture has caused and the direction humanity is headed unless we change the way we eat.
Soil: The Basis for All Life
Soil is far more than just dirt. It is a dynamic, life-giving matrix of decomposed organic matter, insects and microorganisms which contains all the ingredients needed for a seed to grow into a healthy, vital plant. Soil is the basis for all life.
“Ninety five percent of our food comes from the soil,” according to Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization. Soil nurtures the seeds which grow into the plants that feed animals. Animals eating those plants then convert fibrous, undigestable plant matter into easily-digestable and nourishing food for humans and other creatures.
In order to complete the sustainable cycle of life, both human and animal excretions (and bodies after death) are to be returned to the soil, to nourish the plants so the cycle of life can continue. But for thousands of years, humanity has been neglecting this natural, symbiotic life cycle at its own peril.
The Destruction of Soil by Modern Agriculture
Modern agriculture has caused more environmental devastation than any other single human event in history. Modern agriculture strips the soil of it's nutrients and then fails to properly replace them. It also requires heavy spraying of poisons onto the plants and soil, which kills all rodents, insects and microorganisms living in the fields where the plants grow. These chemical sprays also damage the health of humans that eat those plants. This practise eventually turns soil that was once part of a rich and fertile ecosystem, into dust.
After thousands of years of modern agriculture, experts estimate that over 1/3 of the topsoil in the world has already been destroyed. Over 90% of the native prairie lands in the United States have been turned to dust. And here's your biggest wakeup call: The United Nations has said that unless we change the way food is produced, in less than 60 years all of the world's topsoil will be gone. No topsoil - no life.
We are headed on a course for the extinction of all life in less than 60 years... unless we change the food we eat.
Re-Building Topsoil with Grazing Animals
After spending nearly his entire career searching for ways to re-build topsoil and reverse desertification caused by modern agriculture, Zimbabwean ecologist Allan Savory made an important and timely discovery that must be understood: "only livestock can reverse desertification. There is no other known tool available to humans with which to address desertification..."
By mimmicing what grazing animals do in the wild, the animals consume the plants residing in the area and then excrete urine and feces directly back onto that land. These animal excretions are rich in minerals and contain an abundance of microorganisms, which replenish the soil and increase its fertility.
Using this method, Allan has been able to restore dry, arid deserts into flourishing pasture in an astonishingly short period of time. (See video below).
It's critical to understand so it bares repeating: Grazing animals are the only way to build topsoil and reverse the desertification caused by thousands of years of detrimental agricultural practises. Unless human beings begin playing their part in the cycle of life by eating animal foods obtained from farmers raising their cattle on grass pasture, then we will be the cause of our own extinction.
At Every Meal: Choose Life or Death?
All human beings alive today have a choice to make everytime we open up our wallets to buy food. What you choose affects us all. Depending on your food choices, you're creating a better world or you're leading humanity further down the path towards death, destruction and extinction.
Option 1: Everytime you eat factory farmed beef - made from animals fed pesticide-sprayed grains - you're turning topsoil into dust, consuming highly toxic genetically modified food and are moving humanity towards extinction.
Option 2: Everytime you eat grass-fed beef - made from animals fed healthy, green grass - you're building topsoil, consuming nutrient rich food and are supporting a style of food production that benefits your health, the natural environment and moves humanity away from extinction.
Join the growing number of people across the world who are actively choosing to create a better world by changing what they eat. If you live within a few hours, buy food from Brookfront Farms. If you live outside of the area and purchasing from them is not possible, visit EatWild.com to find a local farm like Brookfront Farms near you.
Written by: Mark Sloan
Lots of love from everyone here at Brookfront Farms.
Be sure to watch the TED Talk below by Allan Savory to hear his inspirational story first hand.