Pasture Raised Grass Fed Beef: It's Good for the EnvironmentJun 01, 2017
Sustainable Pasture Raised Grass Fed Beef: it’s Good for the Environment Pasture Raised Grass Fed Beef is good for you and good for the environment. Here in California, we are experiencing a drought and there has been a lot of reporting on how much water and resources it takes to grow our favorite foods. For example, according to this Huffington Post article, it takes 1,847 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. That's a lot of water! Most beef, including many grass fed labeled beef are finished in feed lots, which use vast natural resources and produce waste, just like most industrialized business. But it doesn't have to be that way. Our beef spend their entire life on the pasture. They are part of their natural environment, eating natural grasses and drinking from natural water sources, just as nature intended. And its being done in Southern California. Pasture Raised Grass Fed Beef, living on wild land are also a part of the natural cycle of plant life. Studies indicate perennial grasses are better for soil. We use top soil quicker than can be replaced when shallow-rooted plants like corn, wheat, and soy deplete the soil of critical nutrients. According to the National Academy of Sciences, cropland in the US is being eroded at least 10 times faster than the lost soil can be replaced by natural processes. Perennial grasses extend deep below the earth’s surface and lift nutrients back up to the surface for other plants and all the way up the food chain. When cattle graze, they cut the grass and the root stays intact, which has positive effects on CO2 and the top soil. Grass crops are also more environmentally friendly because it reduces flooding (due to that rich top soil) and contributes much less to global greenhouse-gas emissions. Responsible, humane and sustainable ranching is possible when the ranchers commit to it and the consumers demand it. To learn more about how Grass Fed Beef is better for the environment (and other resources): http://therealfoodguide.com And to learn more about how we raise pasture grass fed, grass finished beef differently, please visit http://www.truepasturebeef.com.