Through a mutually symbiotic relationship dating back hundreds of millennia, the health of our grassland ecosystems and the health of ruminate animals are deeply interconnected. Through fertilization, soil aeration, and the stimulation of plants, large herds of grazing bison and elk were the original architects of North Americas most fertile lands. The nourishment provided to the soil by these animals has served as a savings account in which the last 100 years of food production has relied upon.
As a consequence of removing these large herds of animals (and their predator species) from our landscapes and replacing them with farmed monoculture row crops, confined animal feedlots, and an agricultural system focused on maximum extraction, we have nearly depleted the once fertile grasslands on which our civilization depends upon. As evidence by the loss of key vitamins and minerals in our modern diet, many of our staple foods have lost up to 80% of their nutritional value in the last 2 generations. More alarmingly, the United Nations has issued a report that we only have 60 years of food production left until our current agricultural system collapses. In combination with the accelerated impacts of climate change and a growing crisis of global food security, its clear that our current agricultural model is not good enough.
At Force of Nature, we work towards restoring ecological health by focusing on soil. Through embedding key principles of regenerative agriculture throughout our supply chain, our animals work in natures image, serving as tools that go beyond sustainable. Through monitoring key soil health indicators such as biodiversity, carbon concentration, water infiltration, and a handful of other biological markers, Force of Nature is able to track and document ecological restoration over time! We believe that when properly managed, animal impact has the ability to create a net positive return on the planet by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere while building topsoil and producing nourishing food. We are determined to prove that properly managed animals are a key tool in regenerating our natural resources and that this regenerative system is our only hope to ensuring a prosperous future for our civilization.