Sustainable Farming and Why It Matters
Sustainable farming uses efficient practices to reduce and eliminate environmental impact while protecting public health, animal welfare, and the nutritional integrity of the food it produces.
What is Sustainable Agrigulture
Using sustainable farming methods that revitalize and preserve the land, not ravage it, is critical to the future health of our planet.
Farms who use sustainable practices like comprehensive Holistic Land Management, planned rotational grazing, and responsible resource management naturally preserves a diverse ecosystem, mitigates carbon emissions, and greatly reduces the amount of resources used to raise healthy animals.
Why Eat Sustainable?
This may seem like a no brainer, but unfortunately it's not for many. We speak with people every day that care deeply about the flavor and quality of their food, but aren't educated about the environmental impact their choices have. Fortunately, those two go hand in hand.
The truth is that agriculture is one of the most environmentally taxing practices we humans implement. The EPA estimates that Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use contributes to 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions, vs. 14% for Transportation and 21% for Industry.
Making responsible choices when choosing who we buy your food from could be one of the most important environmental decisions we make.
Why Is Conventional Farming 'Unsustainable'?
Raising crops and animals to feed the 7 billion people inhabiting our planet is no walk in the park. It takes a lot of natural resources and pollution to grow and transport food for that kind of appetite. But while the pressures of feeding our growing population aren't going away any time soon, but how we do it could make a considerable impact.
According to Slate, the industrial livestock industry alone consumes 80% of the world's soybeans and more than half of the corn produced!
For all that soy and corn, farms require an incredible amount of resources, chemicals, and transportation that all contribute to an environmental epedimic that the world's population is inadvertently supporting with it's buying choices.
Choose Your Food Wisely
Guess how much corn and soy it takes to raise one grass fed cow...
Zero. Zip. Zilch.
If you're a meat eater, choosing local sourced grass fed and pasture raised animals is the best option for the environment. By purchasing meat from farms that choose to implement sustainable practices, you're showing the food industry that you support a change in how we raise and distribute food.
Sustainable Farming is Healthier Too
Animals raised on pasture have many nutritional benefits compared to factory farmed animals. They contain higher levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients that animals who are fed low-quality energy sources like corn and soy just don't get in their diet, and thus can't pass on to your plate.
On top of that, animals raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, and feed additives don't contain the toxic components that threaten public health from a factory farm system.
Farmer Girl Meats' Sustainable Farming Practices
Holistic Land Management
Farmer Girl Meats' family farms implement the management methodologies of the Savory Institute, an organization who's mission is to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands through Holistic Management of grazing animals.
Holistic Management is an intricate system designed to mimick the natural living environment of livestock. This type of management helps revitalize damaged lands and provides a system for connecting regional efforts to fight global issues like climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty.
The Tallgrass Network
Our environmental partner, Tallgrass Network, is one of 30 worldwide hubs for the Savory Institute that work in their respective regions around the world to study and fight against global warming. The local region we're committed to the revitalization of is the Tallgrass Prairie region, a 25 million acre area that was once integral to the global ecoystem but has been ravaged by the irresponsible farming practices since the early 1800's.
Farmer Girl Meats' raises animals on small family farms that carefuly manage their land with sustainable practices. Our major founding principles comes from the belief that if you want to have quality, you can't have quantity. Because of this, we adhere to strict protocols that each of our farms agree to and support on their farms.
Where To Buy Sustainable Meat
Farmer Girl Grass Fed & Pasture Raised Meats is an online store for farm-to-table meats raised with sustainable practices. Create an account to get started and shop any of the categories below for clean, healthy, pasture raised meats.
- 100% Grass fed Beef
- Free Range Chicken
- Free Range Turkey
- Pasture Raised Heritage Pork
- Pasture Raised Lamb
- Bundle Boxes
- Free Range Eggs