Current Situation

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Sustainable management benefits the ecosystem, production levels and, subsequently, the producer economy and the country as a whole.

Livestock grazing, one of the most important productive activities, has been blamed for contributing to environmental degradation. Signs of soil compaction, erosion by excessive trampling, water contamination by organic remnants, deforestation, landscape fragmentation and the production of greenhouse gases have been attributed to cattle production.

When managed responsibly and sustainably, however, grazing converts forage resources and agro-products not used by humans into foods of high nutritional value—such as meat and milk—to help ensure food security for a growing population. Livestock management is also a major source of employment in rural areas.

In addition, part of consumed nutrients are recycled to the soil through the feces and urine of animals. Agricultural production has the potential to be in harmony with the environment; our philosophical foundation now and into the future.

Sustainable management benefits the ecosystem, production levels and, subsequently, the producer economy and the country as a whole.

It is estimated that by 2050 the global human population will reach at least 9 billion people, with a 70% increase in demand for food. There are currently about 130 million cows (40% of the herd) on an estimated 330 million cattle heads in Tropical America. This is equivalent to 23% of the global herd, which graze on 400 million hectares of pastures, with a current degradation of 60% (FAO, 2012).

High land prices, extremely high production costs (infrastructure, manpower, equipment, supplies), coupled with climatic instability (hotter summers and colder winters), make sustainable livestock production in the tropics the only smart choice.

These challenges require the livestock sector to intensify and maximize production, with the goal of a healthier consumer, a healthier planet and an increased profit margin.

By utilizing a sustainable system and implementing environmentally friendly technologies, we can mitigate the impact involved in livestock production and drastically curb the continuing degradation of the soil. A sustainable approach will also be instrumental in redefining our current identity as major players in global warming and climate change.