News

Study: Grass-fed Beef is Destroying the Environment

Popular belief among meat-eaters that grass-fed is superior to conventional meat is being called into question.

According to researchers at Bard College, grass-fed beef may be even more detrimental to the environment than conventionally-raised beef. Al Jazeera America interviewed Gidon Eshel—professor of environmental physics at Bard College and author of a 2014 paper deriding the environmental effects of meat consumption—who reasons that cows fed exclusively grass burp approximately twice as much methane than their corn- and soy-fed industrial feedlot counterparts. “What's called grass-fed in the Midwest was the single worst option in terms of global warming,” Eshel said. Grass-fed beef producer Ken Jaffe was also interviewed and touted what he believed to be positives of the sector of farming. “These animals are living a better life for beef, for cattle because they're living what is a more cattle-like existence," he said. "They're outside. They're grazing. This is what cattle were genetically designed to do.” Of course, cows grazing and living a happier existence without the looming threat of being slaughtered for human consumption would be the most preferable option, a sentiment shared by Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s Jenny Brown, who punctuated the piece by saying, “If we say we love animals, and we have compassion and we don't want them to suffer, we need to look at our consumer choices … Any step we can take in the direction of shifting away from consuming animals and animal products is a step in the right direction.”

More News

Vegan Girl Scout Thin Mint Chickpea Snacks Debut in June

Biena Snacks partnered with female-empowerment organization to create its iconic cookie flavor in chickpea-snack form—which can also be eaten frozen.
Read More »

Vegan Tacos Win Food Battle Against Fish Tacos

Taqueria La Venganza obliterated Ricky's Fish Tacos in LA's Taco Madness competition.
Read More »

Postmates Ends Deliveries of Foie Gras

The delivery service will no longer honor orders that contain the cruel product made by force-feeding ducks.
Read More »

New Vegan Market Opens in South Florida

Vegan Fine Foods offers a range of plant-based products with a 100-percent vegan guarantee.
Read More »

Beyond Sausage Debuts at All Whole Foods Nationwide

Beyond Meat's newest product, pork-free sausages, is now available in the meat section at Whole Foods Markets.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »