Why I Stopped Eating Beef After Biking the Arizona Trail

AZ Central (November 16, 2018) by Nicolaus Hawbaker

Somewhere between sleeping in a feces-filled river and carrying my bike through the Grand Canyon, I began to re-evaluate the wisdom of allowing cattle to graze on public lands.

A year of research did not prepare me for the profound effect the Arizona National Scenic Trail would have on me. Biking the trail deepened my appreciation of Arizona’s wilderness and, unexpectedly, raised philosophical questions about Arizona’s stewardship that provoked personal lifestyle changes.

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