Livestock Production in the Cross-hairs
For years ranchers and beef producers have been targeted by environmental and animal extremist groups. Now, they are proliferating their newest tactic which is to make false claims about how ruminants contribute to climate change via “greenhouse gasses”, (GHG) ie. burps they emit during grazing. Even though the disinformation about amount of GHG produced and the actual impact has been debunked by studies conducted by University of California, Davis (UC Davis), these ideological groups press on in a unrelenting, dogged fashion.
A Different Type of Livestock and Grazing Study
The amount of GHG produced from grazing has been scientifically proven to be such a small number as to be almost insignificant. The next step is educating the public about what would happen if livestock grazing stopped altogether. The application of common-sense principles tells us what that result will be, but we must move forward with a scientific study to fully eradicate the disinformation campaign about livestock thrust upon the public by special interest groups.
Help Us Prove that Organic Matter Will Contribute GHG With or Without Livestock
Our hypothesis is that organic matter will contribute similar greenhouse gas load whether consumed by livestock or allowed to decompose naturally. The study will prove or quantify the following:
Ruminants have no net effect on GHG and that they actually have a net positive effect.
Quantify the amount of carbon and methane released into the atmosphere if livestock are removed or greatly reduced.
Quantify the amount of carbon and methane released into the atmosphere by the increased plant matter that will exist once livestock are removed from grazing.
We need your help to fund the research to prove our hypothesis and once and for all shut down the attacks against livestock production.
Disinformation is Big Bucks – Without Your Help We Will Lose
Despite the best efforts by many agricultural groups, the disinformation pushed by special interest groups has changed public perceptions regarding beef and dairy. In the name of the “planet”, people are changing how they shop and the foods they eat. Food companies have jumped on the disinformation train and are hedging their bets as well. They are investing in fake meat and dairy companies and startups. Of course, their marketing departments are quick to use all of the catch phrases and newly coined slogans to push their new products, meanwhile conveniently ignoring science and facts. Therefore because there is big money at stake, public perception fueled by animal and environmental extremists as well as marketing departments of major food companies will only get worse.
Disinformation Influences Banking
To add insult to injury there are large investment funds subscribing to the globalist agenda of animal and environmental extremism under the name, “ESG” which stands for Environment, Social and Governance. Essentially, large investment firms are following along the Chinese Marxist model of evaluating investment worthiness based on arbitrary,
and ideologically based social credits. Since these are the same groups of people who are maligning animal agriculture over ideology, they are also going to be vying to control funding for livestock production.
Using Taxation to Implement Ideology
Several years ago, a University think tank funded by globalist ideologues proposed the idea of implementing a luxury tax on meat. Taxing beef and dairy products to a level that producers cannot remain in business is now firmly the plan and we are seeing it being implemented with the proliferation of substitute meat and dairy products being developed to take over a large proportion of traditional historic market share.
Livestock Production is Declining but Methane is Increasing
It would appear that cattle have become the scapegoat for the increases in GHG’s from other industry. The world cattle population decreased from 1.1 billion head to 9.98 million head from 1989 to 2017, an approximate 10% decrease. During the same period, annual global atmospheric methane concentrations increased 25% and nitrous oxide (N2O) levels increased 11%.
Plant Matter and Bacteria Matters
A study conducted in 2010, showed that dry, dormant grasses, fall leaves and crop residue contribute significantly to releases of C02. The study brough
t forth the question about the accuracy of current carbon models, and more importantly, the true impact of livestock grazing. Along with the impact of the decomposition of plant matter there is also the question of the impact of certain bacteria that become activated and produce methane during major weather events.
Many Small Contributions Can Cover the Cost
The biggest expense is equipment and facilities.
Once funding is realized, the study will be conducted over 2 years and published in an accredited scientific journal. It will take place in Oregon on 3 different sites, examining dry rangeland, irrigated pasture and dryland wheat.
You’ve heard the old adage, “Watch your pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.”
A large number of small contributions can make this study happen and this is where YOU come in whether you are a livestock producer or a person who enjoys a cold glass of milk or a perfectly grilled steak.
Links to more information, including proposed budget HERE