Are grass-fed and organic, pasture-based animals less damaging to the environment?

Yes, well-managed grazing and grass-fed operations are definitely easier on the environment. They use fewer energy-intensive inputs, and by regularly moving animals to fresh pasture and keeping them away from streambeds, well-managed farms spread manure more evenly and improve the quality and quantity of forage growth. This helps conserve soil, reduce erosion and water pollution, increase carbon sequestration and preserve biodiversity and wildlife. Organic feed production and grazing practices are also better for the environment. They reduce fertilizer and pesticide run-off into waterways, while the use of compost, cover-cropping and rotational grazing helps build healthy, productive and water-conserving soils. Organic methods also enhance pest and weed resistance without the use of chemicals and ultimately foster greater soil resilience in the face of extreme weather and climate change.

 

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