You might be aware that in the search for a balanced diet that incorporates proteins of both animal and vegetable origin, there has been an increasing global demand for beef in the last few years. In this context, you might also be aware that Argentina's beef is one of the world's favorites, not only because of its taste but because of its quality and the concerted, environmentally conscious, sustainable practices involved in its production. In this article, we want to let you know how Argentine beef meets sustainability requirements during its production and what actions are actively taken to preserve a good balance in the ecosystems where cattle are grown.
Did you know that Argentine beef is produced sustainably?
A large percentage of the country’s production occurs on natural pastures and grassland, which means that carbon and water are retained in the soil, organic matter is preserved, and the ecosystem's biodiversity can be maintained. Besides feeding millions of people in the country and around the world, Argentine cattle farming provokes a positive balance in the greenhouse effect globally: the reason being that the animals mainly feed on pastures and natural grasslands, which is possible because of the large size of our country.
Argentine beef, sustainable beef.
Our protection of the environment is the result of years of experience in which we have deployed:
Best practices for the conservation of naturally occurring habitats.
Improved cattle genetics.
Balanced nutrition, mostly naturally occurring in pastures and grasslands.
Appropriate feeding with no added anabolics.
Good grazing and water management.
Why can we affirm that Argentine beef is produced sustainably?
Let's get into some details:
Did you know that Argentine beef production has steadily reduced the amount of gas it emits thanks to the technological improvements introduced in the production process over the last 30 years? The pastures and natural grasslands on which our cattle feed retain more carbon in the soil than the cattle actually generate. This counteracts their own emissions and those of other non-rural production sectors. Our growing practices allow for the sequestration of greenhouse effect gases emitted by cattle and by other emission sources in the region (for example, the grasslands counteract the non-rural production of CO2 in factories).
Our production system based on pastures and natural grasslands means that 12 times more carbon is retained in soil than the average for countries in the region. Furthermore, the methane emitted by cattle degrades much more quickly in the atmosphere than the carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuels.
Nearly 100% of the water utilized in growing our cattle comes from rainfall; thus, Argentine beef consumes minimal amounts of piped water, which reduces almost to zero the energy consumption for water pumping to produce one pound of beef. Additionally, since our cattle grow in grasslands, there is much less demand for water to be utilized in the cleansing of industrial facilities.
Our cattle consume only a tiny, strategic percentage of cereals and grains, mostly during pen fattening (see below), once again reducing almost to zero the energy consumption for the transportation of animal feed to the breeding grounds.
To further promote the sustainability of our grassland ecosystems, our use of herbicides is heavily controlled and limited. Furthermore, fertilizers are rarely needed in our pastures and grasslands because of the naturally occurring balance of nutrients coming from organic matter.
Argentina cattle are predominantly fed on open fields with a minimal strategic addition of cereals and grain. Our beef is therefore free of anabolics, and the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals is practically unnecessary in our cattle farming.
Problems of overgrazing and soil degradation are prevented because our cattle are fattened in pens in the last stage of their growth.
So, based on the reasons exposed above, it is fair to say that Argentine beef is produced sustainably: Argentina can reduce the carbon footprint of cattle farming and improve its sustainability by introducing good practices, genetics, balanced nutrition, appropriate feeding, and good grazing management. Nonetheless, once you experience its quality and great taste, you will discover why Argentine beef is one of the world's favorites in addition to sustainable beef production practices.
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