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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Here we go again

Trust me Beef is good for you!

Again beef is being targeted as an unhealthy part of Americans diets, and a major case for environmental concern. I realize that everyone has a choice, but I do ask that you look at both sides of the coin before you make you decision, and ask questions! Today the Washington Post posted an article in response to consumer wondering if there were any meats worst the others or were they "all equally as awful."

Green Lantern the author quotes a United Nations report: According to an extensive United Nations report from 2006, the livestock industry not only uses more land than any other human activity, it's also one of the largest contributors to water pollution and a bigger source of greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world's trains, planes and automobiles combined.

What she fails to mention is that this takes in account all the non-environmentally friendly activities like cutting down rain-forests for agriculture that happen in places outside of North American like South American. The case is that all of the U.S. agriculture only accounts for 6.4% of green house gas emissions. American, and Canadian ranchers and farmers for that matter, are stewards of the land and some of the first environmentalists!

Feel free to comment on the article, you have to log in, but it is important to educate our consumers about the facts! Below are a first taking points, and remember to tell your own story as well. We care for our livestock 365 days a year, feed them before ourselves most morning, and spend countless hours monitoring their health just so we can provide a safe, wholesome and nutritious product.
  • Raising cattle serves a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food. Just one 3-ounce serving of beef supplies 10 essential nutrients to your diet. Beef is nature’s best-tasting multivitamin!  
  • U.S. beef farmers and ranchers provide 25 percent of the world’s beef supply with 10 percent of the world’s cattle.
  • 85 percent of farmers and ranchers say environmental conservation is important to their success, and on average, each beef producer has 13 different practices in place to accomplish environment goals such as nurturing wildlife, preventing erosion or conserving and protecting water.  

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