The link should work now. Sorry about that!www.eatwild.com
Actually, a fair number of wild herbivores do eat grass! But I agree that "farms" and "wild" are really different things; I don't know if any of the places in the guide are game preserves... altho they do list sources for acquiring wild caught salmon & other seafoods, FWIW.
Even though the name of their website isn't quite accurate, it still seemed a useful guide for those of us who still eat milk, eggs, honey, & meat -- but want to do so in a more environmentally sustainable manner and humane way. I realize that vegans may not get much use out of it, unless they eat honey (I know some do, some don't).
Arguably, however, the truly self-sustaining farms, those referring to themselves as "grass farms", operate in a cycle with little or no external inputs, and little or no waste (external outputs). The animals produce the fertilizer that the plants need to grow, and disperse new seeds, while the plants supply the nutrients that the animals need. Humans include themselves in this ecological cycle as well, facilitating and often accelerating the natural cycle to provide sustenance for ourselves.
Doing so in harmony with ecological systems is more desirable, environmentally speaking, than working against it. Growing plants without animals requires a lot of chemical imputs and generates a fair amount of waste. Growing animals without plants is even more unbalanced. The fact that most agribusiness is doing precisely that is part of what's wrong with the world today, at least in my opinion. Hence, perhaps even vegans would find it useful to know who's at least attempting to mimic natural ecosystems, and farm sustainably, as well as those farm's relationships with the people who grow their vegetables.
In an ideal world, we could all eat wild mushrooms and berries (yummy!) and not need to rely on agriculture -- farming, but the world currently contains entirely too many people for that to feasibly work. Only a few priveleged people can actually do that. (I admit that I live in an area of the world that I could conceivably high tail it into the wilderness and probably live off of the wild land, especially if I fished -- but not with all of my neighbors, too!)
Hmmm.. upon reflection, I suspect that using the "wild" in their website name is to connect these sustainable practices with what happens in the wild, as opposed to what Tyson, Cargill, and Archer-Midlands-Daniels do, which is almost the opposite of a healthy ecosystem.
BTW, I believe this resource is mostly US centric, and apologize for that to those of you who live elsewhere. Sometimes I'd like to think that ya'll don't need these guides only because your agriclture is way less messed up than ours, but I'm not sure that's true?
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