Not All Beef is Bad

Not all Beef is bad. “Healthy Grass & Cropland”, “Healthy Grassland” or “Healthy Silvopasture” systems can be very eco-friendly, especially if the cattle diet is supplemented by 2% with a species of red algae called Asparagopsis taxiformis. Good management practices are key.

–Union of Concerned Scientists (7.14.16)

Carbon sequestration and sustainability of complex integrated crop-livestock systems in California

“Animal integration into croplands has been proposed as a strategy to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration in soils. This project aims at quantifying the influence of ICLS variations and fertility management on carbon pools and net system productivity in California annual and perennial cropland. Additionally, increases in total organic soil carbon content and biodiversity through livestock integration have been shown to shape soil ecosystem and the services they provide.”

–Boston University

Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix

“Nitrate-contaminated groundwater is now pervasive in agricultural areas in California such as the San Joaquin and Salinas valleys. It’s a serious problem in rural communities that rely solely on wells for drinking water…most nitrate pollution comes from crop runoff – 55 percent from synthetic fertilizer [industrial agriculture] and 33 percent from animal manure [industrial dairy] – according to a University of California, Davis study commissioned by the State Water Resources Control Board.”

Holistic, regenerative agriculture helps mitigate this problem.


This is why when you talk about climate change, you can’t ignore agriculture

“In this study, the authors do a really good job of quantifying how humans have altered the Earth’s surface soil carbon stocks through extensive agriculture, with direct implications for atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the climate.”

“The model suggested that agricultural changes are responsible for the loss of a total of 133 petagrams, or 133 billion metric tons, of carbon from the top six-foot-deep layer of soil all over the world. The most intense losses per unit of land have been caused by the planting of crops — however, more land worldwide is devoted to grazing livestock than cropping.”


How Regenerative Agriculture Can Help Reverse Anthropogenic Climate Change

Regenerative agriculture can also help to take carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the ground through photosynthesis.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says 24 billion tonnes of fertile or 12 million hectares topsoil are lost every year and 25% of the earth’s surface has already become degraded. If this rate of soil degradation continues, there are only 60 more harvests left.

Adding Seaweed to Cattle Feed Could Reduce Methane Production by 70%

“If we add dried seaweed to 2 percent of sheep and cattle feed, we could cut methane emissions by more than 70 percent, scientists have found. With livestock responsible for 44 percent of all human-caused methane – a gas that has 36 times the global warming potential of CO2 – this could cut a huge chunk of the 3.1 gigatonnes these animals release into the atmosphere each year…”