On Earth Day 2010

Earth Day celebrations consistently ignore the contributions of the Ag industry.

Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and is now celebrated in springtime in 175 countries around the globe. Some countries have Earth Week and focus largely on environmental issues and activities.

Taking a day or a week out of the year to focus on the earth and our natural surroundings is a good thing, especially for those whose feet and tires don’t usually touch the dirt. However, reflecting on nature and environmentalism does nothing for the planet if one ignores the major contributions made by America’s farmers and ranchers for whom every day is Earth Day.

Protecting and preserving the environment is something America’s farmers and ranchers do every day. These families manage rotational grazing systems that make the best use of available forage, while improving the soil and the root structure of plants. They manage their land to provide wildlife habitat. They recycle nutrients, converting sunshine, rain and forage into beef and recycling the nutrients found in manure as fertilizers.

Today’s farming and ranching families are producing more pounds of beef and more bushels of grain, with fewer resources than at any time in history. Being good environmental stewards is not a new concept for us. It is, and has been for generations, an absolute necessity for our survival as a nation and as a world.

By Shawn Martini, Communications Director for Colorado Farm Bureau


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