The grass-fed movement relies mostly on Regenerative Agriculture or holistic management, which says that grazing ruminant populations are key to a healthy ecosystem.
Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
IS GRASS-FED REALLY ECO-FRIENDLY?
Well-managed grazing and grass-fed operations are better for the environment.
They utilize less energy-intensive inputs and, by normally moving cattle to new fields with fresh pasture and getting them far from streambeds, they spread the manure more equally and improve the quality and amount of forage growth.
This helps conserving soil, decreasing erosion and water contamination, increasing carbon sequestration and safeguarding biodiversity and untamed life (Johnson 2002, FAO 2009, Pelletier 2010).
Natural feed production and grazing practices are better for the earth too. They diminish fertilizer and pesticide overflow into waterways, and the utilization of compost, cover-cropping and rotational grazing helps assemble solid, beneficial and water-moderating soils.
Organic methods also improve pest and weed resistance without the use of chemicals and ultimately foster greater resiliency in the face of extreme weather and climate change.
A recent study from Georgia’s holistically managed White Oak Pastures, found that their grass-fed beef has a carbon footprint 111% lower than a conventional US beef system.
So, grass-fed beef is not only good for your health, but also for the environment. We invite you to check our grass-fed list of products here and select the one of your preference.