What else are you going to do with all that grass?
A ruminant is the only thing that can really do it. Out here in the great flyover where the Midwest and Great Plains mingle and the grass grows whether we want it to or not, cows make sense.
But the cow gets a bad rap. Not too long ago, I was talking with someone from Kansas City about environmental matters. He told me that cattle were a bane to society. He said we’d ought to eat more vegetables. Cows sucked down more than their fair share of water, he reckoned, and the places they grazed would be better off as plots dedicated to local food production of the non-hoofed kind. Plus,