Courtney White, Healing the Carbon Cycle with Cattle, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages 71-75 ( Abstract: On a sky-blue October day, I drove into the dry country of eastern New Mexico to visit an award-winning ranch and contemplate the carbon cycle. Although I had visited many well-managed ranches over the years, I had never looked at one through a carbon lens before, especially in the context of carbon sequestration and climate change. I was certain that the ranchers hadn’t, either. Climate change is a politically charged topic in the rural West, even amongst the best ranch managers, which makes the challenge of talking about carbon without talking about global warming a delicate juggling act. On the other hand, for cattle ranchers like Tom and Mimi Sidwell, it’s not necessary to bring up the topic at all. That’s because healing the carbon cycle is what they do for a living. Whether it affects climate change isn’t on their minds. In 2004, the Sidwells bought the 7,000-acre JX Ranch south of Tucumcari, New Mexico, and set about doing what they know best: earning a … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Conservation; Environment