Responsible cattle raising

Responsible cattle raising

The Providence Journal (RI)

A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to label grass-fed beef deserves adoption. It would give consumers greater control over what they eat, as well as a chance to influence environmental policy for the better. Also, fattening cattle in pastures rather than in feedlots is simply healthier for the animals.

Roughly since World War II, the great majority of U.S. cattle have been raised on grain. The process was helped along by subsidized corn and soybeans, petroleum-based fertilizers and antibiotics. The system brought with it an array of environmental and health problems, but it was undeniably more efficient. The inexpensive beef that drives today’s fast-food industry was one result.

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