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Land Damage by Ranching Cattle Documented Over Decades

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Over about 24 years of no ranching the landscape starts to return to its former glory

After 24 years of being closed to ranching, the landscape starts to return to its former glory

newly published study in Environmental Management—shows what the impact of “grass-fed beef” is upon the landscape, often in areas rarely visited by humans.  By taking “before” pictures in the late 1980’s of a wildlife refuge just after ranching was banned, and juxtaposing them with more recent images, the study has breathtaking visual proof of how completely cattle strip the land of every scrap of vegetation.

By adopting a vegan diet you can help ensure you are not participating in this madness.

The impact on the local ecosystem and soil quality are devastating:

“Cattle grazing can indirectly cause a significant decrease in bird species abundance and diversity, largely by removing shrubs that are important habitat for many bird species. Altered stream cover, water depth, and bank stability due to cattle grazing can all affect fish populations. Cattle grazing can accelerate stream bank erosion, causing streams to become shallower and wider, which can result in higher water temperatures.

Other water quality issues that can result from the presence of cattle include pollution from excrement and increased sedimentation from trampled banks. Decreases in both the density and height of woody plants have been documented with grazing activity along with increases in exotic species… Although grazing can sometimes lead to greater species richness and diversity, this often occurs due to the introduction of invasive species and the suppression of vegetation cover. Other documented effects of cattle include loss of native biodiversity, interruption of nutrient cycling, and destruction of biotic soil crusts.”

The study further states:

“Cattle grazing can exacerbate effects of climate change. Ecosystems stressed by grazing activity may be less resistant to temperature and moisture changes, compared to ecosystems that have had time to recover.”

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