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June 20, 2020

At some point in the past few years, you’ve probably heard (or read) the theory that cows are bad for the environment.

Cows, somehow, have become the villains in the debate over climate change. Just stop eating beef and you can save the planet!

We’ve written about this issue before on our website. Suffice it to say, cattle are NOT climate villains.

The way that industrial beef operations raise their cattle? Now THAT is the issue.

It’s not about the cattle, it’s about the way the cattle are raised.

At Acabonac Farms, we use sustainable practices like rotational grazing that actually help, not hurt, the environment. Our practices lead to what is called soil carbon sequestration.

What is carbon sequestration? Nature sequesters carbon in soil, plant biomass, oceans and forests. However, the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon into the atmosphere, leading to the “greenhouse effect,” or global warming.

Cattle raised on grass help negate that. By using sustainable practices and letting cattle roam free, carbon remains sequestered in the soil.

The fact that grass-fed farms, rotational grazing and sustainable practices sequester carbon is backed by science.

A study from the University of California - Berkeley, Michigan State University and the Union of Concerned Scientists found that sustainable farming practices:

• Sequester of large amounts of carbon in the soil
• Lead to enough soil carbon sequestration to offset methane emissions from cattle
• May mitigate climate change with well-managed grazing practices

That’s just one of many ways grass-fed cattle farms help the environment. In the next two emails, we will look at more.

In the meantime, you can visit our website to find out how to order our products and have them delivered directly to your door. And please contact me with any questions or comments.

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