A recent press release by General Mills highlights the findings from a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report they commissioned from Quantis, a respected international research firm. The LCA on beef raised by White Oak Pastures included all energy and environmental impacts at all stages of the product’s life cycle as well as handling of waste. They used soil samples and modeled data from 2017 to determine White Oak’s overall greenhouse gas footprint.
The White Oak Pastures LCA study demonstrated that increasing organic matter in the soil and increasing soil health through holistic grazing practices actually results in more carbon stored in the soil than the cattle emit. In fact, the net Kg CO2-eq emissions per Kg fresh meat from White Oak Pastures was -3.5. In contrast, the Beyond Burger (based on their own LCA) has net emissions per Kg of 4. Likewise, the study showed that the White Oak Pastures’ beef has a carbon footprint 111% lower than a conventional US beef system. Moreover, White Oak Pastures’ integrated system is 6 times more carbon efficient than the equivalent amount of carcass weight produced in the average North American beef system.
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A great film by Peter and an amazingly honest account by rancher Will Harris, what’s great to see isn’t just the farming practises changing but also the attitudes of the land owners too. I’d say it harder to change the latter. I’m a fourth generation farmer and there was pressure to carry on the “the way grandpa did it” well that wasn’t working. Ultimately the end consumer will dictate how the meat comes to them, they are the ones who need to say, that the modern farming practises aren’t moral or good for the land. “Land first – livestock second”. Huge change over the last 60 years to intensify farming but that’s slowing now and trends are reversing!
Nutrients in the soil can be brought about so many ways to rear grass and pasture raised cattle and poultry. A study by Arizona state university http://www.poultrypages.com literally concluded by saying chickens are walking nitrogen rich manure bins! Meaning if they are raised out door on grass they will contribute to the development of the grass and ultimately re fertilise the grass they stand on. It’s a closed loop system. We miss all the goodness if they are factory farmed!
More work needs to be done educating people on the benefits. Once again awesome film Peter All the best