What if we viewed ranches as national parks instead of simply places to produce meat?

Originally published by AgFunder

As a second-generation rancher on her family’s ranch in Texas, Meredith Ellis can tell you that it’s a tough time to be a livestock producer. Although some outlets are pinpointing meat production as the primary culprit behind climate change, Ellis and other ranchers are quickly firing back with a laundry list of points that are often left out of the conversation.

“Farming is often seen as this beautiful thing with a woman wearing coveralls and holding a basket while picking heirloom tomatoes,” Ellis told AFN. “I wish that paradigm would shift and people would think of a ranch as a national park. One of our pastures has hundreds of species of grasses, plants, wildflowers, and trees. My job is to manage this land by using processes that mimic nature and the outcome is that we get to eat beef.”

Ellis will be speaking on a panel entitled “Climate + Agriculture: How do we Make Agriculture Part of the Climate Change Solution?” at the World AgriTech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 18. She will be joined by a diverse crew, including representatives from General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, Pivot Bio, and Finistere Ventures, highlighting the cross-industry interest in figuring out whether food production has a role to play in improving the climate situation.

Read the full article and hear more from Meredith in this video about G Bar C Ranch: