The Efficiency of Cattle Grazing

The Efficiency of Cattle Grazing

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Mother Earth News

Energy use for cattle fed from their own foraging is so negligible that beef produced in this way is actually less energy-intensive than grain production. The Pimentels point out in Food, Energy, and Society that whereas crop cultivation adds significantly to the energy use of grain-fed livestock systems, raising cattle on grass takes little energy.

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