Professor Nathan Sayre Publishes "Corn and the range: rethinking ranching, agriculture and the feedlot"

December 11, 2023

Professor Nathan Sayre

Professor Nathan Sayre has published a new paper in the Journal of Peasant Studies on the history and political ecology of the feedlot in US livestock production. The key takeaway is that for over a century, corn-fed beef was sustained without chemical fertilizers, relying on a closed nutrient loop rather than the metabolic rift that defines the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) of today. This history is completely missing from current debates about the environmental effects of cattle and beef production. Read the entire paper here!