I stumbled across a very interesting article with a number of bold claims. However looking at our hobby farm animals, I am tempted to agree.
The 2014 Rodale Institute report states, “Organically managed soils can convert carbon CO2 from a greenhouse gas into a food-producing asset.” Two major upsides to this approach are drought-proof soils and, thanks to more nutrient-rich foods, reduced healthcare costs.
Grass grows, absorbs CO2, cows (and alpacas and horses) eat it. All we feed them is grass and hay. We do not use any fertiliser, herbicides, pesticides and whatever you could possibly put on your paddock. And it seem to be working. We get lovely big, fat cows. We love them, we look after them, we give them names. Yes we all know that at some stage they will go, either to somebody else or into the freezer. And even the kids are fine with it.
Half the family is vegetarian, the other half is not. But the latter half eats meat in very low quantities, after all you do not want to cook twice for every meal. So meat consumption is limited to some meat on break or the odd steak or sausage maybe once a week.
We share a freezer cow amongst others and we keep about a third and that lasts us a year.