Running out of grass, water...and common sense
My friend Cosmic Rose sent the following article to the Yipdoggies list...The article lists drought-related losses to wheat and corn, as well as cattle. And yet we continue to participate in systems that are demonstrating their unsustainability at every turn. How long until we connect the dots? How long until we humble ourselves, consume less, respect and appreciate more? Rose titled her email: Running out of grass...water...and common sense.
Texas cattle ranchers feel burn of record drought
by Staff Writers
San Antonio, Texas (AFP) July 14, 2011
A record drought is forcing Texas cattle ranchers to send their cows to slaughter because it's too costly to keep buying feed for herds finding little forage in parched pastures.
"If I knew it would rain in the next two months, we'd buy hay or feed and carry these cows on," said Pete Bonds, who raises about 7,000 cows on his nearly 4,000-acre (1,600-hectare) ranch near Fort Worth.
The problem for ranchers like Bonds is that "only God knows when it's going to rain."
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