Our last webinar with ecologist George Wuerthner was a great success! I invite you to check out and support Western Watersheds Project, an organization that he works with and that has opposed ranching in Point Reyes National Park.
This Friday, we will continue the conversation with Jennifer Molidor, PhD, from the Center for Biological Diversity. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the three organizations (along with Western Watersheds Project) that sued the National Park Service over the extension of ranchers' leases in 2016. Jennifer helps lead the sustainable food initiatives of the Center, including their Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. She will speak about the environmental impacts of beef production and look at various alternatives to factory farming, such as grass-fed beef and regenerative grazing.
We will also be joined by Sydney Grange, Assistant Garden Manager at Victory Gardens for Peace, a biointensive research, education and demonstration site located in Mendocino, CA. Biointensive agriculture is a method that is focused on growing complete diets in minimal space while building soil and conserving resources. This is an excellent opportunity to see that in Northern California, contrary to the discourse from our local ranching industry, sustainability does not equal cows. And with their focus on minimizing land use and conserving resources, we can start to envision what it would look like to work towards degrowth (as mentioned by Laila Kassam in our first webinar) and rewilding (as George Wuerthner has written about and that we touched upon at the last webinar).