As the landscape continues to change for upland wildlife with increases in intensive agriculture hunters often ask what can I do? The agriculture system is a complex one, but the majority of the corn and soybeans which makeup the agricultural system are used in producing only a few food sources. They are mainly used as animal feed to produce beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and other meats. They are also used to produce ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup and MSG. What does that all mean for Pheasants and upland wildlife? It means the more we eat meat like beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and turkey the more land is needed for corn and soybean production to feed theses animals. Not only is more crop production needed for animal feed more is needed to produce ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup and MSG, which are tied directly to increased risks for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Heart Attack. By eating at least one vegetarian meal or meatless meal per week you reduce the demand for animal meet and thus the need to keep many acres planted to monoculture crops like corn and soybeans. These crops provide very little habitat for upland wildlife, animals and pollinators. So if you really want to help wildlife eat a meatless meal every week!
Jason Ludwigson: President Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever Chapter 3242