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Cows and Climate

A NYT oped from a very thorough author who I greatly admire. Since this came out in 2009 there has been more research (and more than that) on carbon sequestration in prairies and the need for large herbivores (including cattle) to create well-functioning prairie eco-systems that are able to sequester carbon. I have to say, when faced with bad news, after bad news concerning climate change, I find this really uplifting. It is a big part of why I do what I do.

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New Meta analysis on health benefits of organic grassfed – Surprise! It is way better for you

A huge new meta-analysis published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition adds to the evidence that organic production can boost key nutrients in foods.

The study finds that organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids. The increase is the result of animals foraging on grasses rich in omega-3s, which then end up in dairy and meats. The findings are based on data pooled from more than 200 studies, and research in the U.S. has pointed to similar benefits.

“Omega-3s are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development and function, and better immune function,” writes study co-author Chris Seal, a professor of food and human nutrition at Newcastle University in the U.K. “So we think it’s important for nutrition,” Seal told us. Read more: http://n.pr/1SWlcom

Here are additional articles on the study:

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Bibliography of grazing and climate change resources

**Overwhelmed by this list? Start here to see Alan Savory’s TED talk explaining how planned grazing can reverse climate change.



  • Schwartz. J. (2013). Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth. Vermont, USA: Chelsea Green Publishing.
  • Niman, N. H. (2014). Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. USA: Chelsea Green Publishing.
  • Fairlie, S. (2010). Meat: A benign extravagance. Hampshire, UK: Permanent Publications.
    Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to reorientate itself back to the land, both physically and spiritually and explains why an agriculture that can most readily achieve this is one that includes a measure of livestock farming.

Articles and Posts


  • Richard Teague, a range scientist from Texas A&M University:
  • Soil scientist, Dr Elaine Ingham, chief scientist at Rodale Institute:
  • Peer-Reviewed research from Rodale showing how regenerative agriculture can sequester more carbon than humans are now emitting.
  • Regeneration International: GHG Mitigation Potential of Different Grazing Strategies n the US Southern Great Plains:
  • The Australian Dairy Farmer: ETS Lifeline: Soils Capable of Absorbing Cattle Methane
  • Amazing Carbon: Ruminants and Methane