The end of the cattle industry looms now, as overly-manipulative agriculture practices continue to degrade beef herds. At the same time, there is taking place a resurgence in bison numbers, in tandem with a perspective that holds reverence for the bison’s principle shepherd and guardian, the wolf.
In terms of the spiritual ecology of human nature, it could be said that those aspects of the soul within us that are aligned with the essence of the Bison, qualities of endurance, vigilance, stamina, and vigor are arising to counteract the destitution of the mass-meat industry.
The depletion of the land through non-organic processes, plus the depopulation of the prairies, have set the stage for the inevitable return of the most fitting animal populations, with the bison holding the center of the eco-region. (See also an upcoming article from Earth Vision on the re-assertion of the natural boundaries, those borders that shall inevitably replace our current national and/or state and provincial borders, which now grow increasingly meaningless.) Thus, “The Buffalo Commons,” or strategy to re-populate and rescue the degraded terrain at the heart of the North American continent.
Averaging 2,000 pounds, the largest mammal in the western hemisphere, bison have the tremendous evolutionary advantage of being adapted to the plains environment. Evidence of its inter-connection with the land on an elemental basis is revealed in an evolved synergy. For example, some of the original prairie grasses can only reproduce by passing through the bison’s digestive tract.
It costs about half as much to raise a bison compared to a cow, while bison meat can bring in almost twice the profit. Bison can sustain themselves on an intact ecosystem without grain or medicinal supplements. On a continuum that measures etheric vitality of an organism, ranging from feeble to powerful, the position of the bison would register on the high end, in the arena of remarkable vitality. Interesting to note is that relocation of bison has begun in Siberia (July/2007), where they had died out 5,000 years ago.
Although still viable in enclosed fields, the bison’s optimal situation is one of open-range, north-south corridors. This is a migratory animal. Corridors of substantial size will best facilitate the ultimate forum of return.
Part and parcel of this renaissance includes the wolf, which can be restored to its role as shepherd and strengthener of the bison. The slaughter of wolves and the demise of the cattle industry go hand in hand. There is no way around this. Without wolves, or some effective predator, to complete the tableau, it’s a waste of land and resources to maintain any herd, domestic or wild.