New Report Recommends Ways to Lower Global Warming Emissions from U.S. Beef Production
Pasture-Fed Beef Has Significant Advantages over CAFOs
WASHINGTON - February 2 - U.S. beef cattle are responsible for 160 million metric tons of global warming emissions every year -- equivalent to the annual emissions from 24 million cars and light trucks. But unlike American drivers, farmers who raise beef on pasture can reduce global warming emissions by storing, or sequestering, carbon in pasture soils, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
“Given the threat that climate change poses, all sectors of our economy – including agriculture -- have to do their part,” said UCS Senior Scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman, the author of the report. “There is a range of affordable ways beef producers, especially those who raise beef on pasture, can significantly reduce their impact by cutting emissions and capturing more carbon in soil.”
See the rest of the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Humboldt Grassfed Beef
The report suggest that the rest of the world follow the model we have here in Humboldt County California. See the link for Humboldt Grassfed Beef and compare it to the report. I love the fact that I can get Humboldt Grassfed Beef in the store a mile from my house.
This model preserves open space, is better for emissions and is actually healthier for those that consume it compared to beef that is so called finished on a feed lot. Many choose not to eat animals and that is their choice. Those of us that do, should try to make the best choices we can for our own health and that of the planet.