Thanks Antoinette and Jordan for piecing together such a great snapshot of Mangarara and its vision!
I've been working at Mangarara for about 9 months now (escaped the camera!) after years as a climate change activist and then working on land use/water quality for government. As it's topical on this thread I've also been both vegan and vegetarian for extended periods, and felt as healthy as I do now, but eventually settled on 'ethical omnivorism' (for lack of a better label).
Greg and Rachel's vision for Mangarara - and its broader reach into New Zealand farming communities - has the potential to have a far reaching positive impact, developing farming systems that; sequester carbon in trees and soil; increase biodiversity; improve soil health and consequently water quality + flood + drought resilience; and produce quality nutrition & eating experiences. This is by no means the 'easy' path as NZ farming systems have been directed towards simple input in - output systems out over many decades, with many on the negative consequences of these systems beyond most farmers abilities to 'see' or understand (due to a lack of ecological education in agricultural sciences).
Many of the visitors and woofers that come by the farm are vegetarian or vegan, and we respect their choices of diet, as they respect the vision for Mangarara and understand how animals are an essential component of that transition and vision (although it's not uncommon for 'environmental vegetarians' to feel quite comfortable eating our meat).
One of the challenges for us is effectively communicating the complexity of farming, what practices are good for the planet and people, and which are harmful. The difference between a 'good' and 'bad' farm practise can be hard to discern when trying to account for energy, climate, soil, water, plant health, animal health, nutrition produced and profit.
The local context (natural resources, human resources, markets etc) is key. There's a good argument in NZ for ethical eaters to source their protein and nutrition from holistically managed NZ farms with livestock, rather than imported beans, grains, nuts produced in high input systems (unless you prefer not to eat meat of course). If we are successful we will be planting a growing increasing amounts of fruits, nuts, timber, vegetables and native corridors integrated into our current pastoral landscape.
We have an open gate policy and welcome visitors to the farm (ideally with some notice) and always enjoy two-way feedback on how we are doing and where we could go : )
Асcording to Dr. Mercola news a biodynamic farming is more beneficial than organic farming.Those farmers grow food like in ancient time our ancestors did.
Love this video, i have my own farm, & run it basically the same, nature does so much work when allowed to. This system makes farming stress free, allows more quality family time. It still takes my breath away when I step out of the house each morning & see our paradise. If only conventional farmers could understand..
I made a petition, please sign it and pass it on.
"There's no vegetarian ecosystem" this needs to be cut in stone!
A doable approach to making our world a better place to live. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
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I like to marry a men that this kind of life
Balance. Something that' s been missing from the Kiwi way of life as far as the land is concerned. Well done.
Waste is a human concept, Nature dosent do waste!! Wow
This how everyone should farm! It is not only up to the farmers it’s also consumers who have to help. Buy your food local. You know what you get and don’t waste food mileage. You are supporting your local community and you invest in a better local environment.
Absolutely amazing! <3
Loved when he said “nature doesn’t do waste” I never really thought about it before
Creating ecology and good habitat around you nice to see thanks
Restoring balance is what it's all about. God Bless you
All well and good , but the there is no climate crisis. https://youtu.be/0CQLBGz8LxU
would require 3.7 billion acres of grazing field to produce enough grass-fed beef for all Americans, and there is only 1.9 billion acres in the USA.
Feeding all these cattle with
grass would require the surface of all of the US, Mexico, half of
Canada and a good part of South America, ALL turned into grazing
land, to satisfy US meat demand alone.
I agree that pasture raising animals is good for the green house gases but in order for us to eat like this we would have to switch to eating a lot of vegan food and only a little meat, dairy, and eggs, basically everyone would have to become flextarians.
A cow fed with grass takes 23 months to grow to the size it will
be slaughtered. When it is fed with soy, corn, wheat etc... it takes only 15 months. Grass-fed beef takes 8 months more of water consumption / land use, and creates 8 months more of waste.
I myself am vegetarian, 95% of the food I eat is vegan, the remaining 5% is pasture raised organic dairy and eggs, people would have to eat meat like this for this model to work. Most of my protein comes from tofu, pinto beans, and black beans.
If people want to eat "meat" and dairy regularly it will have to be vegan meat products like beyond meat, quorn, impossible burger, field roast, oat milk, just egg (mung bean) etc... and only real meat, dairy, and eggs sparingly.
A huge problem in this area is cost. The government subsidizes factory farmed meat, making it DIRT cheap. Pasture raised meat, dairy, and eggs is SUPER expensive even more so than regular organic animal products and most vegan animal product alternatives are also expensive. People would have to be primarily living off tofu, beans, and lentils for protein since they are cheap which imo sounds unrealistic, people like meat WAY too much for this model to work.
Yeah all our animals are killed in the prime of their lives.. but as long as we live good lives it's ok to kill them.
That's some elitist bs right there.
Don't need animals to build soil. There is nothing magic about poo or.. tearing roots?
Even if there was there is still no need to kill these beautiful creatures because you like how they taste.
Veganism is not a spiritual belief it's a logical moral philosophy based in reality.
Unlike this humane slaughter paradox they had a good life time to betray their trust offal that you are spouting.
How people could 'thumbs down' this video is beyond me?
It's certainly more appealing and beautiful than modern farms. https://skepticalscience.com/holistic-management-rebuttal.html
Very inspiring. We believe that working with animals, along with agroforestry systems, is one of the most powerful ways of regenerating soils and ecosystems. Congratulations on the work!