Nutritional and Environmental Benefits
Grass-fed beef is higher in Omega-3s which play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. It is the richest known source of another good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA, and is also higher in vitamin E.
Products from pastured animals are good for human health in a number of important ways. Grass-fed beef is lean, lower in total fat and calories, and can actually lower your LDL cholesterol levels.
A growing number of people believe that eating less meat is good for the environment. This is true when it comes to eating meat from animals raised in feedlots. But eating meat from well-managed grazing animals is a net benefit to the planet.
A paper released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture makes the following points:
- Grazing animals eat plants that cannot be digested by humans.
- Meat from grass-fed animals requires only one calorie of fossil fuel to produce two calories of food. Many grain and vegetable crops require from 5 to 10 calories of fossil-fuel for every calorie of food or fiber produced.
- Well-managed pasture absorbs far more rain water than most other land uses.
- Grazed lands help slow global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air. Grazing land in the Great Plains contain over 40 tons of carbon per acre. Cultivated soils contain about 26 tons.
- Well-managed grazing lands provide much-needed habit for wildlife, reduce water runoff, and provide cleaner, more abundant water for wildlife and human use.
- Grazing lands are among our most picturesque landscapes.
- Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses are increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere, leading to changes in our global climate. The grasses and legumes found in pasture are highly effective at removing excess carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in the soil as carbon, a phenomenon known as “carbon sequestration.”