As you dig deeper it becomes apparent that the data presented on the ecological threat of this issue is taken totally out of context and that the cries about methane emissions from ruminant animals are nothing more than systematic scaremongering by those pushing their plant-based-diet agenda. They look only at the emission data without balancing it against what these animals return to the grassland ecosystem. Just the carbon alone, returned to the soil via these grazing herds is profound. Before the intervention of humans, millions upon millions of grazing animals roamed the grasslands of the world without any ecological meltdown from methane emissions.
Peter Ballerstedt, PhD is a regular presenter at many of our LowCarbUSA® events. After hearing him speak at our inaugural event in San Diego in 2016, Ivor Cummins (aka The Fat Emperor) found time to sit down with him. In this video below, Peter eloquently lays our fears to rest on the topic of methane emissions. He also addresses many other issues, including the significance of the Omega 3 vs Omega 6 ratios with respect to grass finished and grain finished beef. The information will most likely surprise you!
Peter received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1981 and Master of Science in 1983, both from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1986, specializing in forage management and utilization, minoring in ruminant nutrition. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. He is currently the Forage Product Manager at Barenbrug USA. His study of human nutrition is fuelled by his personal experience. The combination of his forage-based livestock production system expertise with his understanding of human diet and health produced his blog “Grass Based Health” (http://grassbasedhealth.blogspot.com) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrassBasedHealth?ref=hl). He tweets @GrassBased.
[Doug Reynolds: Founder – LowCarbUSA®]