Problems with Conventional Agriculture

Chemical-based conventional farming has been an agricultural crutch, allowing companies to profit off the destruction of our Earth. While it seems like the quickest, easiest way to keep weeds and insects at bay while feeding millions of people, it is not the best in the long run. Sustainable agriculture aims to correct the ills of conventional agriculture and protect the planet for generations to come.

What Is Conventional Agriculture?

Conventional agriculture uses:

  • Synthetic fertilizers – to maximize the crop yield
  • Synthetic herbicides – to get rid of weeds
  • Synthetic pesticides – to get rid of insects
  • Monoculture – growing huge fields with the same crop, particularly corn and soy, year after year
  • Confine And Feed Operations (CAFOs) – for livestock, also known as feedlots
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – to increase yield from plants
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics – to increase yield from animals
  • Heavy irrigation and intensive tillage – to work the soil
cattle confined in feed lot
cattle confined in feed lot

Conventional agriculture uses:

  • Synthetic fertilizers – to maximize the crop yield
  • Synthetic herbicides – to get rid of weeds
  • Synthetic pesticides – to get rid of insects
  • Monoculture – growing huge fields with the same crop, particularly corn and soy, year after year
  • Confine And Feed Operations (CAFOs) – for livestock, also known as feedlots
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – to increase yield from plants
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics – to increase yield from animals
  • Heavy irrigation and intensive tillage – to work the soil

Industrial farming has been the conventional methodology for decades because it results in higher production at lower cost, but there are some very serious problems with this short-sighted approach to feeding the world.

Problems With Conventional Farming Methods

As a consumer, you have the power to choose where your food comes from. Organic food has become the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. food industry, jumping by double-digits annually, as more and more people recognize the benefits of turning away from conventional agriculture. Here are the reasons why:

Be the Re-generation with Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed 100% Grass Fed Beef

Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed believes in holistic land management practices that enhance the quality of the Earth, rather than ransacking it for raw materials. We currently maintain a total of 600,000 acres, using regenerative practices to raise our Lifetime Grazed Grass Fed Beef. Our animals are well cared for – foraging on 100% grass for their entire lifetimes.

a herd of cows grazing in tall grass with one cow looking at the viewer

Organic regenerative agriculture uses:

 

  • No chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics
  • Natural fertilizers like compost and manure
  • Mixed crop planting
  • Rotational grazing
  • No/minimum tillage
  • Bee and beneficial insect attracting habitat borders
  • Free range animals that produce nutrient-dense grass fed beef
a herd of cows grazing in tall grass with one cow looking at the viewer

Organic regenerative agriculture uses:

 

  • No chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics
  • Natural fertilizers like compost and manure
  • Mixed crop planting
  • Rotational grazing
  • No/minimum tillage
  • Bee and beneficial insect attracting habitat borders
  • Free range animals that produce nutrient-dense grass fed beef

By choosing not to use harmful chemicals and reducing our footprint, we ensure a healthier planet for our children’s children. As Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed Chief Renegade/Owner Matt Maier put it, “The slow drip of our chemically-laden land and food system is killing our land and our people. We feel an urgency to act.”

Shop our delicious and healthy 100% Grass Fed Beef Delivery today and share in our mission to create a sustainable future.

“All the benefits of grass-fed beef are ONLY gained when the cattle are holistically grazed for their lifetime.”
Matt Maier
Chief Renegade
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