Integrate animals into farms as a regenerative agriculture practice to improve soil health, sequester carbon dioxide, and reduce industrialized meat and dairy production.
For centuries, the cultivation of crops was partnered with raising animals, generating food, income, clothing, and sources of power for farmers. Manure helped maintain healthy soil. A century ago, most farms raised cattle, pigs, poultry, and fish integrated with crop production. However, industrial agriculture segregated crops and animals to promote specialization, boost efficiency, and increase commodification. This split led to the development of crop monocultures and industrialized meat and dairy production, including the use of confinement facilities and feedlots, with negative consequences for human, animal, and planetary health. Ending this separation and reintegrating animals into regenerative agriculture, including aquatic systems, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore ecosystem health, and diversify farm economies.