Environmental Benefit of Grass Fed Beef
Farming cannot be sustainable if the topsoil is constantly being eroded.
Currently, the United States is losing three billion tons of nutrient-rich topsoil each year. Growing corn and soy for animal feed using conventional methods causes a significant amount of this soil loss. Compared with row crops, pasture reduces soil loss by as much as 93 percent.
Data from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Robert P. Stone and Neil Moore, Fact Sheet95-089
The graph below shows the results of a new study from the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program. Compared with grazed pasture, gently sloped land devoted to soy and corn production lost six times more topsoil each year. According to Dennis Frame, director of Discovery Farms, if the trend of selling cows and moving to grain production doesn’t cease, soil erosion and nutrient losses will continue to climb.
©eatwild.com (based on article from mycattle.com)
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