Letter: What’s the beef?
The article about producing beef misses a key point — all cattle are not grain fed; some are fed no corn at all. The cause of the problems associated with beef is actually the corn that is fed to cows in the prevailing industrial system.
In contrast, raising cattle on grass alone is a plus for the environment and some farms in New England are currently raising their cattle on 100 percent grass.
Proper grazing sequesters carbon and is an important climate strategy. In addition, it promotes healthy soils by fostering biodiversity below the soil line. Grazing ruminants can not only restore depleted soils it can reverse desertification, as has been demonstrated in Africa.
Instead of eliminating meat or switching to pork (which cannot be raised on 100 percent grass), omnivores should switch to 100 percent grass-fed beef — no grain ever.