Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
“For farmers around the world, animals produce meat, milk and eggs for direct sustenance and income,” she said. “Farm animals enhance biological cycling by consuming resources that would otherwise be wasted, and returning nutrients to soils in biologically available forms. Omnivorous chickens, turkeys and pigs can eat kitchen scraps, farm by-products and surplus crops. Grazing cattle, sheep and goats trigger plant growth by pruning and mowing naturally occurring rain-watered vegetation and can be move around according to local conditions. All of these creatures-through the aggregate impact of their mouths, feet, urine and manure-catalyze biological activity in soils. Ecologically vibrant soil fosters water-holding capacity, vegetative growth, and carbon sequestration, building the foundation for ecosystem biodiversity.”

Virginia cows, such as the one pictured above after a recent snow, are a gift to the state’s soil, said Nicolette Hahn Niman at the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s winter conferences. (Photo by Jane W. Graham)

I can only say positive things about the direction I have seen in meats in general but beef in particular. Rather than explain my observations, let me show you an example. I certainly look up to these guys for doing it right in every direction. Please check out their conservation drop down. I feel good when I buy my beef from here. I know there are so many more just like them.
Hi Linda! Thanks for sharing.

I can totally relate with this article since I was vegetarian for almost six years mostly for environmental reasons. Now I'm a happy flexitarian, for a variety of reasons including health and culture.

I think a good podcast episode that highlights some of the things mentioned in this article as well is this one: The Beef with Beef | How to Save a Planet. It also goes into a concerned some of my environmentalist colleagues bring up which is the production of methane given that according to the EPA methane is more than 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

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