Can we help to tackle climate change and protect nature without giving up meat? the answer is ‘yes’, because not all meat is produced in the same way.
Grazing animals and organic farming practices help to trap carbon in the soil. Our soil holds three times more carbon than the atmosphere, but intensive farming often results in soil losing carbon, whereas organic and pasture-fed livestock systems help to store and sequester carbon. If all UK farmland was converted to organic farming, at least 1.3 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each year, the equivalent of taking one million cars of the road. To make this type of farming possible, we all need to eat less meat overall so that what we do eat can come from climate friendly farms with fewer and better kept animals.
Lower Hurst Organic uses beef only from certified organic British farms where animals are raised to the highest welfare standards, raised without the routine, preventative use of antibiotics, fed on diets free from GM crops, in conditions that suit the cow’s natural behaviours.
Our grass-fed organic cattle at Lower Hurst help to return nutrients to the soil, while the pasture they feed on is a haven for wildlife and captures carbon from the atmosphere, helping fight climate change.