Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability of Organic Farms

The environmental sustainability of organic beef farms is gaining prominence as more people are voicing concerns about what is in the food supply. There are genetically modified foods being sold in grocery stores, along with foods that are grown in soil totally depleted of vitamins and minerals due to over-farming. Organic foods may cost a little bit more, but people are willing to pay the extra price for some feeling of control over what they are eating and feeding their families.

Explaining Environmental Sustainability

There are many definitions about what constitutes environmental sustainability, from development that meets the needs of this and the next generation, to reducing poverty, to maintaining a healthy planet as a part of global and social health and well-being. Natural resources have been exploited, harming land, water, forests, and fisheries, affecting people who depend on these resources for their own sustainability.

Basically, it comes down to the fact that organic beef farms engage in practices that will sustain the planet and environment so that natural resources will be maintained in order to support future generations.

Organic Beef Farming

To cut through the noise and confusion about "natural" versus "organic" versus the use of antibiotics and their safety, the best way to look at environmental sustainability is to go back to when farm animals grazed on grass and natural feed. Organic beef farms breed cattle that are not genetically altered to produce fatter animals, and are free of antibiotics and hormones.

Organic certification standards of the USDA National Organic Program ensures the production and processing of organic beef. A model program of Uruguayan cattle that roam the open range and do not receive any hormones show that the cattle produce a more tender and better tasting product. Cattle on organic farms that are not fed steady diets of antibiotics, hormones, and grains produce quality tasting meat that is better for the health of individuals consuming the beef. Better tasting and better for consumption just makes sense.

Organic cattle producers consciously create environments that will produce organic beef that sustains the environment. This includes cattle that are stress-free, healthy, well managed, and cared for in a sustainable, maximum beef reproduction program. Cattle producers also have strategic grazing programs to ensure cattle nutrition. Where the cattle graze, when, and for how long will affect plant species diversity and population in pastures. These pastures have to meet the needs of the animals, as well as be able to regenerate and sustain the soil and the environment.

Washington State University produced a paper on Planned Grazing...for Long-Term Sustainability in which it states that it was important to have the right number of cattle on the right land for the right reasons. This was the most powerful tool organic farmers had to ensure long-term sustainability of both economics and environment. Using grazing as a tool will create desirable future landscape and sustainable ecosystems. The study further stated that planned grazing should mimic natural cycles which are effective both economically and biologically.

Organic beef farms serve this generation, and protect the next.

Waseda Farms Market

330 Reid St.

De Pere, WI 54115

920-632-7271

Open 9-7 Daily

 

Waseda Farms 

Country Store

7281 Logerquist Road

Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

920-839-2222

Open 9-5 Mon-Saturday

Open 10-5 Sunday

 

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