Environmental Benefit of Grass Fed Beef
Grass Fed Beef are Raised on Pastures Powered by the Sun
According to Jo Robinson, author of Pasture Perfect, it takes a half gallon of gasoline or equivalent petroleum fuel to produce each pound of beef from a feedlot animal. Using Robinson’s conservative estimates, this means about 250 gallons of fuel are required to raise a feed lot steer. How could this be? Well, consider that cattle raised in this manner have to be shipped to feedlots. Meanwhile farms raise corn to be fed to these cattle. Farmland must be cultivated and planted, and the plants must be treated with petroleum-based fertilizers and treated with pesticides using cropduster planes.
Once it’s grown, corn must be harvested, then shipped to a depot station, then to a grain mill where it is often steam-treated and rolled or ground. From there the grain is transported to a silo and stored before it is shipped to the feedlot. At the feedlot, grain is usually fed with the use of machines.
“From the viewpoint of someone who is not an animal scientist and not a rancher everything about this feedlot system is broken down and is causing problems,” says Robinson.
Contrast this feedlot model with pasture-based agriculture where animals are raised on pastures that literally are powered by the sun and which they fertilize themselves. This grass is harvested by the animal’s own power, and the only fuel involved is shipping the cattle to the processor and harvesting hay for winter feed.
What’s more, the beef from pasture-raised animals has better fatty-acid profiles and higher levels of important micronutrients.
© Hardscrabble Times “Grassfed Beef saves Gas” July 2 ,2008
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