MOLIZ Farms Worldwide:
Feeding the future world.
According to much of the world's poor communities, adequate areas for farming are often more of a dream than a reality. To raise healthy crops in some of the most harsh soil climates, may not be available in the areas in which many of the world's poor reside. In this case, what are the resources available to them? Small sustainable farms that boast grazing animals is often a good and viable solution.
For generations, the poor have relied on farm animals to provide food for their livelihood. Farming has traditionally included animals for a community's food system. For a family to have a cow, sheep or a goat will ensure that the family has milk and meat...and collateral/income. Grass grazing animals are able to graze on some of the most vast grasslands, turning grass that has captured air and sunlight into protein rich human foods, (food and fiber) with very little fossil fuel energy used. These animals turn parts of plants that cannot be digested by humans and other animals into high quality meat and milk products. When people understand that grazing animals do not destroy grasslands, nor do they take away areas that can be turned into cropland, we will once again see how grazing animals are vital to the food supply chain. The grazing of the grasslands is a natural process actually releasing pressure on the land and placing vital nutrients back into the soil. Much of the nutrition of the soil happens near the surface and grazing animals are able to produce food and fiber in energy efficient ways.
Good grazing land management by farmers and ranchers utilizing grazing animals actually helps the environment as carbon from the atmosphere is absorbed then by plants and soil, producing what is known as carbon sequestration. Grazing animals can actually turn a farmers unhealthy soil into a rich area of grassland and an increase in grazing land production can therefore increase a farmer's income. Grazing lands are vitally important to our nation's (and the worlds) environment. The depletion of soil is a result of improper farming and lack of proper crop rotation, not the use of land for grazing animals. Grazing animals that are properly rotated on adjacent lands on the farm, can fertilize, help to push seeds into the soil naturally for germination and ensure that microbes and bacteria are operating as nature intended, reducing water runoff. Our country is seeing an increase in lands that are stripped of important plant growth and farmers are seeing that the industrial farming that does not include proper rotation, leaves the land desolate, with no nutritional value and often cannot hold important water reserves, that in healthy grasslands, would fill underground aquifers, providing water for lakes, streams and wildlife. Modern grazing land management is vitally important to sustainable farming leading to a healthy mix of plants, less compacted soil, increased water absorbing factors, less erosion and often self-regenerative ability of the land is improved. Grazing animals often relieve the land of unwanted plants and microbes naturally. Grazing animals increase the health of the land for many wildlife, future crops and overall all farms. MOLIZ Farms Worldwide supports small farms, responsible cattle ranching and dairying on grasslands producing grass fed beef and milk products, regenerative agriculture, grazing on grasslands and sustainable farming practices and systems. We believe in WHOLE HEALTH and farming the for the future utilizing the wisdom of the past.
"For Americans and other people in the developed world, where grain is raised as a part of cattle feed, we have a choice to seek out and buy beef and dairy products from animals raised in forages rather than grain and soy. By choosing grass-based foods we help maintain our nation's grasslands, which are the most environmentally beneficial of all land for agriculture. Meanwhile the United States trees are not cut down to make way for cattle and they never were. Historically, forests in this part of the world were cleared for agriculture, timber and railroads, not for grazing. Regardless of any human role, land available for grazing was in place when Europeans began populating North America with their cattle in the 16th and 17th centuries. These existing grassy areas served as the primary grazing areas for both wild herbivores and domesticated livestock." Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production, Nicolette Hahn Niman
Animal proteins are known to be some of the highest quality proteins available, boasting 8 essential amino acids that are nutritionally vital for the body.
MOLIZ Farms Worldwide is in agreement with the evidence that inadequate food supply is not the cause of global hunger today. In fact, poverty is not about food shortage but about proper access to food by the people who often need it most. How do we then, change the dynamics of food access? This is just one of the issues that MOLIZ Farms Worldwide will be addressing in upcoming and future projects.
MOLIZ Farms Worldwide, a Division of Hedges and Highway Outreach Ministries, Inc., launched in 2018, it's initiative to begin addressing global hunger by moving into farming and ranching. When Founder Marriese Jones, Sr. and Executive Director and Board President Elizabeth McLaughlin moved to North Florida, the intent was to launch the "arm" of H & H in agriculture: the new and old frontier.
H & H desired to be an integral part of the resurgence that was happening in the US in Agriculture and so a vision was birthed with MOLIZ Farms Worldwide. In 2018, the "ground was broken" and in 2019, MOLIZ went deep into the world of livestock farming in Live Oak, Florida. Elizabeth (Liz) lived and worked on Beyond Organic Dairy Farm, learning the skill and art of working with Devon, Jersey, Angus and Mashona cattle that resembled farming of 100 years ago. Through that experience, H & H knew that feeding the future generations of the world could begin with ensuring that by ensuring healthy milk products reached the people. Starting with the end in mind and working backwards from the desired result meant that the highest nutrition in milk and milk products would mean advocating for beyond healthy cattle that live and graze naturally on only grasses and vegetation that grew in nutrient dense soils.
Seeing hunger as a political and social problem, H & H is no stranger to impacting communities with quality food, opportunities for employment and raising leaders. In 2015-2017, H & H built it's first restaurant to impact a community at- risk. Through Anointed BBQ & Soul Food, H & H showed the far reaching impact of utilizing food systems and culinary efforts to change the economic life of a community. When guests patronized the restaurant, money was poured into a dying town and thus the restaurant became a revenue generating entity not only for Anointed BBQ but for the neighboring businesses. Likewise, as H & H continues to grow with MOLIZ Farms Worldwide, we will deepen our economic impact in our communities by being a part of producing the food that will feed the people. By teaching and providing food within communities at -risk, money stays in the community and is commonly known as "slow money", money that circulates and creates influence within 100 mile radius. In summary, less food has to be transported into communities as food is now being produced in that at-risk area. This means less pollution from transport, healthier, fresh nutrient dense foods, more local jobs and money making a larger impact locally. H & H is excited to be a part of the global hunger solution by specifically focusing on livestock farming.
"There are two main approaches that address food security. The "Environmental Approach" seeks to establish a sustainable food system and the "Social Justice Approach" seeks to eliminate poverty. These two approaches correspond to the two main dimensions of food security: the production and supply of an adequate quality and quantity of food and the ability of people to access food. The "Sustainable Food Systems Approach' to food security has its roots in the political and economic critique of the contemporary food system and in the environmental movement from the political and economic perspective, corporate control of the food system and the commodification of food, are the predominant threats to food security." ( Freidmann 1993, 246).
"The 'Environmental Perspective' strengthened the food-system critique by showing that environmental degradation poses immenent threats to human living standards and well-being." (Buttell, 1993).
"According to the 'Environmental Perspective'. the capitalistic food system completely disregards its environmental and human costs and is thus unsustainable. When food is produced through an industrial system and distributed through a global food supply chain, the inputs into food production, processing and shipping generate enormous environmental stresses that cause pollution of the land, air, rivers and streams and place health burdens on farm workers and other food producers. Long distance transport means emissions from trucks, ships, airplanes and rail engines. The 'Social Justice Approach' extends the environmental view towards food issues by providing a systems approach. It links the loss of farmland to the pressures of urban sprawl and abandonment of inner-city areas. The 'Social Justice Approach' focuses on the persistence of people dropping in and out of hunger, even as we experience an obesity crisis, including obesity among the hungry. Our emergency food systems, portrayed as the primary provider for those experiencing hunger, is incapable of meeting the high demand for food, which has only increased in the last 3 decades. This, the anti-poverty a 'Social Justice Approach', to food security, starts from the premise that the US has adequate food supply and food insecurity results from peoples lack of access to food. In other words, poor people lack money to buy healthy, fresh, nutritious food. It is therefore crucial to seperate food security from the struggle for income security. When food exists primarily within the marketplace, food insecurity is directly related to lack of income. Thus we are confronted with absurdity of continued food insecurity within a wealthy world. The food is there, but not accessible to those who need it. Establishing more localized food systems with the aim of achieving social justice goals, is an important strategy for developing sustainable urban food systems." (Buttell, 1993).
MOLIZ Farms Worldwide is committed to teaching and equipping the small farmer and livestock holder worldwide, with sustainability systems that will provide nutrient dense foods. By focusing on food, energy and society, MOLIZ advocates that grazing animals are the link to transforming sunlight into food in areas that traditionally are not thought to be good agricultural farming areas. To raise cattle on grass is economically sustainable in even the most impoverished areas. It is true that animals on small farms currently sustain millions of the world's poor and likewise to even think of replacing for these people the nutrients found in healthy milk and meat worldwide is an unlikely task. To take grazing animals away from the world's small farms would increase food insecurity. MOLIZ Farms Worldwide is committed to the future of educating and advocating for the healthiest grazing animals the world's small, family farms.
Milk production is the focus on the small, sustainable family farm that Executive Director Liz mentored on in Live Oak, Florida the summer of 2019. It is all about the genetics, master farmer Dennis would say as he and Liz worked side by side milking his herd of carefully selected dairy cows each morning. It is the right combination of the strong milking cow (Jerseys) with Devon cattle-(a Heritage breed known for their strong legs and feet that can withstand difficult conditions), combined with nutrient dense soils that make this herd to be producing some of the best milk in the land. In addition, the Mashona cattle proved to be a favorite among all at the farm as the Mashona are very easily handled by people and study (due to their original habitat of Zimbabwe), although only an eighth of Mashona were bred into the herd as they proved to be a traditional meat cow. A higher percentage would mean that they would not produce as much milk and on a traditional dairy farm, milk yield is just as important as quality milk yield. The vitally important difference in sustainable, regenerative and beyond organic farming systems is that the cows are healthy, graze on high nutrient dense grasses like nature intended and therefore produce very nutrient dense foods unlike what is found in most milk available today.
Nicolette Hahn Niman, an environmental lawyer and vegetarian turned cattle rancher, writes in her book,
"Our food system must regenerate itself as nature does and treat animals as our partners. We must restore the broken covenant we have with farm animals. At the heart of this regenerative food system will be cattle and other grazing animals. We will manage their movements, help protect them from predators, make sure they have water and good forage & attend to their needs. In return they will help us by keeping our grasslands vibrant, covered in vegetation teeming with carbon and life below ground. Our cattle will provide us with milk and meat, healthful nutrient dense food and we will appreciate them for all they do."
Sustainable farming is about producing the highest quality product closest to the consumer. Again, it is not that we do not have enough food to feed everyone, but that it is essentially inaccessible to those that need it the most. For much of the world's poor, quality sustainable small farms continue to be a the answer to the poor communities around the world.
Additionally, in urban areas where food deserts are prevalent, a change must happen to ensure quality, nutritious food is readily available. This will mean that national and local governments must continue to see this vital need for the small farmer and thus choose to reinvest in the small farmer for the local communities. MOLIZ is proud to be a part of the future , of continuing to be a change agent in the arena of public policy for the world's small farmers.
MOLIZ Farms Worldwide advocates that genetics, soil health and education is vitally important to educating and equipping today's small, sustainable farmers for enhancing their milking and meat herds of grazing animals that will supply high quality milk and meat to feed the nations.
Quotes by other Professionals in the field: " I have travelled to every state in the US during both summer and winter and have seen the land in extensive rural areas. There are huge land areas in this country that cannot be used for crops. The only way to grow food on these lands is by grazing animals. Grazing, done properly, will improve the land. Defending Beef, by Nicolette Hahn Niman shows clearly that beef cattle are an important part of sustainable agriculture. Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human; Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University "A cow however has a symbiotic relationship with a complex of microorganisms-bacteria, protozoa and fungi, residing in her four chambered stomach. The digestive process involves fermentation in a chamber called rumen; which is why cattle are called ruminants. The bovine gut flora are nothing short of miraculous. Tiny organisms aid digestion, enabling cattle to survive entirely on cellulosic plants like grass, which transforms the globe's grasslands into an invaluable piece of the human food system. AS a process of this unique digestive process methane is burped (mostly) breathed out (somewhat) or farted (a little) by cattle." Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman "Animals offer the best ways to improve soils without chemical fertilizers. Berkley University research actually provide further support of the importance of cattle and other livestock in the farming system." Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman "Non- industrialized farms and ranches, especially those with animals, create an incomparable living environment for humans, one that is formative for both individuals and nature." Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman "Life on a farm or ranch strengthens minds and enriches souls. Farm environment cannot be created without farms and it a human environment worth protecting. These are the people so immersed in the cycles and the rhythms of life, they come to instinctively understand them. Mating, birthing, caring for young, growing, injury and illness, aging and dying-all are a part of the daily experience. They have become second nature. The needs, wants and habits of creatures become intimately familiar to the farm child. Thinking beyond yourself becomes automatic." Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman "These days only 17% of Americans live in rural areas at all and only 11% are involved in agriculture. We need more type of food generated at true family farms and ranches from known and trusted sources. The decline of farming and ranching diminishes our national character. Life on a farm or ranch strengthens our bodies, enlivens our minds and enriches our souls. We need people in agriculture and cattle provide a way for people to make a living doing it." Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman