Grass-based agriculture completely eliminates the need for the nitrate-rich chemicals other farmers use – if all farmers got on board, think of the time, money and water we would all save – it’s real-life evidence that cows are all you need for an effective, sustainable operation.
Lately in Iowa, there’s been a lot of conversation around clean water. The discussion is largely about whether lawmakers can fix the problem – and if so, how.
They say ignorance is bliss, but many people are starting to disagree – especially when it comes to what they’re eating. A recent study from Technomic found that people are increasingly becoming more concerned with what exactly is in their food (a trend we at Heartland are completely on board with).
Whether it’s killer whales or chickens, people are concerned about animal welfare – as well they should be. Farmers are no different, though many would make us out to be cruel and uncaring.
Nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River and threaten the city’s water quality. We are troubled by the behavior of both the City and the responses from the counties and general public. Not surprisingly, a media circus has ensued with barbs flying and misinformation disseminated faster than we can Tweet.
Recently, they published an article entitled One Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done indicating that 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten, and we can do better. This made us think of beef. Do you ever wonder just how much of a cow is wasted when beef is produced?