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Raising Better Pork, Humanely

It is completely feasible to produce superior pork in a way that is profitable, clean and kind.

Pigs and Soil

When raised under traditional methods, pigs are good – not bad – for  land.

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Desert Grassland Restoration: Creosote Bush

CREOSOTE BUSH (Larrea tridentata) is generally misunderstood as an invader plant.  In fact creosote is a symptom –  but not the cause –  of dying desert grasslands. Creosote will predominate as grasslands decline but eventually it also dies. 1. Creosote bush flowers and fruits Creosote bush is one of the most common and important plants

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Native Camels of North America

Are Camels Natives to North America? The question of whether llamas and camels are natives or exotics in North America exposes the many contradictions inherent in the phony science of invasive species “biology.” Millions of years ago the camel family – camelids –  evolved in North America, eventually dividing into at least three races. One

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Are GMOs Really That Bad?

Since humans began raising food by farming and keeping livestock, we have bred for better plants and animals. This is not and never has been the problem with GMOs; attempts to portray GMO opponents as nuts fighting better plants are a red herring. In classic bait-and switch, the agro-giants promised food and anti-trust regulators that

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Circle Ranch Game Cameras: March 15, 2014

Here are links to some great pictures of many species sharing water and habitat at the Circle Ranch.  Several, like aoudad and bighorn, are thought to be hostile to each other, and incompatible:  That belief is wrong, as these photos show.

The Feral Pig "Problem" Part V

The Feral Pig Problem – Part V: Sources and Comments In addition to the specific links included in each installment, which I have not repeated, I have included a list of books below and remarked on what I found important about them. Across the board, they have informed my thinking on these topics.

The Feral Pig “Problem” – Part IV

Part I: Background Part II: A Brief History of Pigs, Pork and People Part III: The Growth of “Efficient” Factory Farms Part IV: Meat Factory Pollution and Public Health   Meat Factory Pollution and Water Pollution   Comparative Wholesomeness   Free Range Pork Compared   Mad at Our Money: Economic Value of Free Range Pork

The Feral Pig “Problem” – Part III

Part I: Background Part II: A Brief History of Pigs, Pork and People Part III: The Growth of “Efficient” Factory Farms *  Animal Cruelty *  Big Pig’s Version *  The “Rest of the Story” from Forbes Magazine *  Pig Factories are Filthy  Part IV: Meat Factory Pollution and Public Health Part V: References and Comments

The Feral Pig “Problem” – Part II

Part I: Background Part II: A Brief History of Pigs, Pork and People * Free-Range Pigs in Texas * The Garbage Pig * Pig Prejudice * Big Food and the Garbage Pig Part III: The Growth of “Efficient” Factory Farms Part IV: Meat Factory Pollution and Public Health Part V: References and Comments Author’s Note: