Properly raised cows have a minimal negative effect on the environment and can actually improve the environment. Proponents of grass-fed beef point out that monoculture crops, such as corn and soybeans grown to feed grain-fed cattle, destroy topsoil and increase greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. On the other hand, they believe naturally grazed cattle can help the soil sequester more carbon and offset greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, eating natural grass-fed organic beef and supporting regenerative agriculture can actually assist in reducing carbon in the atmosphere. Regenerative agriculture is backed by decades of research and designed to mimic nature with the goal of rebuilding organic matter and healthy soils and restoring degraded soil biodiversity, fertility, and nutrient density. This way of agriculture also increases water retention and promotes cleaner and safer water runoff, as well as boosting local economies with family farming and preserving traditional indigenous farming practices. Locally grown produce also generally has a lower carbon footprint. What About Organic?Feeding grass to a free-range cowOrganic is a label that mean
s the cow was raised on certified organic land
without synthetic pesticides, GMOs (genetically modified foods), or fertilizers. The organic certification also means the cows must be fed a diet
free of antibiotics and hormones and have outdoor access
to graze in the sunshine on a pasture all year round. Organic cows are considered healthier. Remember, organic doesn’t necessarily mean grass-fed, and grass-fed doesn’t necessarily mean organic, so it’s helpful to look for both labels if you’re interested in consuming beef that was both organic pasture-raised and grass-fed.