The Environmental Benefits of Grass Fed Beef
Grass-fed beef producers in the U.S. have already begun an urgently needed movement to restore our soils and stabilize the climate. While conventional beef production has contributed to environmental disaster, there is a fundamentally different approach called regenerative grazing. This method builds on nature’s own system of pulling carbon from the air and storing it in the soil.
 
Sixty million buffalo lived on the Great Plains at one time. The prairie had very deep, productive soils (8 to 10 feet). How did this happen? Was the prairie perfected and buffalo parachuted in? In fact, the symbiosis of the large herbivore, plants, photosynthesis and soil microbes created these deep soils. Since then, poor farming methods have sent this stored carbon right back up to the atmosphere as C02.
 
But now science understands the mechanisms and methods by which grazing can foster carbon sequestration. And protect against droughts and floods. And increase crop yields many-fold to feed growing populations. Here in the U.S. grass-fed beef producers have already begun this transformative approach to producing food—and saving the planet.

Ridge Shinn founded Big Picture Beef in 2015. Its mission is to establish an environmentally sustainable and economically viable model of producing beef through managed grazing—no feedlots and no grain, ever. His vision is a system that produces healthy animals, healthy food, healthy soils, and fair wages for farmers.

Working with numerous farms in the region that produce young stock, his company aggregates cattle for fattening on several large finishing farms, also in the region, that are staffed by skilled graziers. A variety of regenerative farming techniques, notably rotational grazing to foster soil health and fertility, are key to his success.

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This talk is part of the Life Saves the Planet lecture series. More info: https://bio4climate.org/
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