Meat and dairy often get a bad rap on the sustainability front, but not all animal production systems have the same impact on the planet, says EPIC Provisions co-founder Taylor Collins, who reckons that “the next big movement in food is coming in the form of regenerative agriculture,” which he claims is “creating a net positive return on the environment.”
He added: “The documented research that gives meat and dairy a bad rap is based on conventional, commodity, high intensity industrialized agriculture… but the conversation really needs to focus on is there another way to do it?
“Large ruminant animals have co-evolved with land for millions of years. These big herds that once existed in nature… their hooves aerate the soil, and allow water to penetrate the earth. They are also fantastic fertilizers, they urinate and defecate and stamp their manure into the soil and build healthy microbiology, and then grasslands are some of the most powerful systems for sequestering carbon [the grass sucks carbon dioxide out of the air, and takes water from the soil to create carbohydrates/sugar and oxygen is released back into the atmosphere].”
Read the entire article by Elaine Watson on Food Navigator here.