Laureen at recently posted a story about Grass-fed Beef that mentioned Hearst Ranch Beef. It was in response to a recent Time Magazine article entitled “How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save The Planet”. Thanks for the mention Laureen:

“Not sure about the statement that grass-fed cows can save the planet, but I am a meat eater and a fan of eating good quality grass-fed meat and think there is something to be said about raising animals the way they were supposed to be raised… in a pasture. It makes me happy to finally see this hitting some of the mainstream media, but there is a long way to go. I really hope that more farms will be taking to this practice so it is more readily available to us. We eat meat about twice at week at our home, usually when my son is with us (big meat eater). I have been buying Hearst Ranch Beef at New Frontiers and am in the process of researching other ranches on the Central Coast and will be posting resources for those soon.”

The original post can be found here.

Here is the Time Magazine Article:

How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet
Time Magazine
By Lisa Abend Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

On a farm in coastal Maine, a barn is going up. Right now it’s little more than a concrete slab and some wooden beams, but when it’s finished, the barn will provide winter shelter for up to six cows and a few head of sheep. None of this would be remarkable if it weren’t for the fact that the people building the barn are two of the most highly regarded organic-vegetable farmers in the country: Eliot Coleman wrote the bible of organic farming, The New Organic Grower, and Barbara Damrosch is the Washington Post’s gardening columnist. At a time when a growing number of environmental activists are calling for an end to eating meat, this veggie-centric power couple is beginning to raise it. “Why?” asks Coleman, tromping through the mud on his way toward a greenhouse bursting with December turnips. “Because I care about the fate of the planet.”

* “The idea that giving up meat is the solution for the world’s ills is ridiculous”*

Ever since the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a 2006 report that attributed 18% of the world’s man-made greenhouse-gas emissions to livestock — more, the report noted, than what’s produced by transportation — livestock has taken an increasingly hard rap. At first, it was just vegetarian groups that used the U.N.’s findings as evidence for the superiority of an all-plant diet. But since then, a broader range of environmentalists has taken up the cause. At a recent European Parliament hearing titled “Global Warming and Food Policy: Less Meat = Less Heat,” Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, argued that reducing meat consumption is a “simple, effective and short-term delivery measure in which everybody could contribute” to emissions reductions. (See the top 10 green ideas of 2009.)

Click here to read the whole Time Magazine article.