Often, animal agriculture can be pitched as one of the greatest villains in the fight against climate change. Whilst the claims against livestock farming are not entirely unfounded, the argument can sometimes lose its nuance. Intensive farming practices using agrochemicals, continuous harvest, barning, heavy machinery and rearing livestock on unsuitable land can indeed cause worrying soil erosion. However, dairy farms that diligently link their herd’s behaviour to their land create healthy topsoil teeming with earthworms, beetles, roots and clovers, nourished by dung rather than poisoned by slurry. It can take literally thousands of years for this to be created in a healthy balance.