The Environmental Impact Of Meat Production

1421 WordsNov 29, 20166 Pages
ENVIRONMENTAL The environmental impact of meat production varies because of the wide-ranging assortment of agricultural practices used around the world. It’s easy to see the negative effects on the environment and why it’s ethically wrong in that sense. However, let’s look at the pros and cons of all the different ways beef production affects the environment. Grass fed cows can be great for the environment. Under the USDA regulations, “grass-fed” means the cattle can only eat forage. Forage includes grass, hay, brassicas, and leaves and stems. The cattle must also have access to pasture. They are allowed to receive antibiotics and hormones (Palmer, 2010). The land is cared for and the cow’s manure acts as a great fertilizer which helps grow even more grass and can be re-used in crop production because of its many nutrients; it’s a win-win. Having the cattle graze is also good for biodiversity. It keeps the ecosystems and food chains in check because we aren’t knocking down creatures’ homes to build huge factories. Since land and environment are not damaged but, respected and cared for, it makes for a safer and natural lifestyle for the cattle, the farmers, the consumers, and the world. According to a study done “on previously eroded soil in the Piedmont region of the US, pasture establishments with well-managed grazing of livestock resulted in high rates of both carbon and nitrogen sequestration relative to results obtained where grass was grown without grazing”
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