The USDA finds that raising animals 100% on grass instead of corn finishing in feedlots or confinement factory farms, produced fewer pollutants and other emissions[i].
Ten reasons why 100% grass-fed/finished meat is better for the environment:
- Total emissions for greenhouse gases are 8 percent lower
- Ammonia emissions are reduced by 30 percent
- Reduces fuel use, as well as the carbon dioxide emissions from farm equipment (grass is solar powered)
- Converting cropland to grassland captures carbon in the soil, substantially reducing the carbon footprint
- Greatly reduces erosion and flooding caused from growing feed stock (corn and soy)
- Improves water quality because of the huge drop in sediment erosion caused from growing feed stock (corn and soy)
- Greatly reduces manure and fertilizer runoff thereby significantly reducing phosphorous in the water
- Since fertilizer is not used to grow feed stock, there's no runoff causing huge algae blooms, "dead-zones," in the oceans
- Since manure lagoons or piles are unnecessary, there's no pathogen runoff that pollutes the water system or stinks up the air
- Encourages biodiversity of native grasses that benefits wildlife rather than monoculture with baron winter fields[ii]
The choice is clear – 100% grass-fed/finished meat is the environmentally conscience way to eat.
Feel good about the meat you eat.