ESAP 2019 Region 2

Beef's Sustainability story

While the U.S. already produces the most sustainable beef in the world through decades of improvement and innovation, U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to producing high-quality, sustainable beef for generations to come. Since the 1960s, the U.S. beef industry has reduced emissions by 40% while producing 60% more beef,1,2 and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas from beef cattle only represents 2% of emissions in the U.S.

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ESAP 2019 Region 3


What is “upcycling”?  When cattle graze, their ruminant digestive system turns things humans can’t eat, like grass, other forages, and byproducts - such as distillers grain, cottonseed, and beet pulp - into high quality protein and micronutrients for human consumption – a process called upcycling. 

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Rethink the Ranch

beef sustainability

To the beef community, sustainability comprises much more than environmental considerations. Today, a sustainable food supply balances efficient production with environmental, social and economic impacts.

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cattlemen and the environment

Beef is produced using fewer resources than before. Ranchers work hard to feed a growing population, while reducing water use, care for the land, and protect the environment.

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Moes Feedlot


Contrary to some of the misconceptions about beef’s role in greenhouse gas emissions, cattle-generated gases are completely natural, are very different from the types of gasses stemming from fossil fuel emissions, and are on the decline. 

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In the News

ESAP 2019 Region 3

Choosing Sustainability Over Steak? Think Again (And Fire Up the Grill)

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

What do you get when you put a renowned dietitian and rural Minnesota farmer together in a room? An equally emphatic belief that yes, you can have your beef—and eat it, too.

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ESAP 2020

Beef Is Tonight’s Sustainable Dinner Option

5280, Denver

You may be surprised to learn that beef production in the U.S. has a lot of positive impacts on the environment.

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Turkey Track Ranch

Beef. It’s What’s for Your Sustainable Summer Barbecue

Enjoying burgers, brisket, and shish kebabs is more eco-conscious than you think.

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sustainability Press Releases

Cattle ranchers share their sustainability story


Rethink The Ranch

See how beef farmers and ranchers around the country are implementing land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

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  1. USDA-NASS Quick Stats Tools. Available at: 
  2. U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. FAOSTAT Database – Food and agricultural data. Available at:   
  3. EPA. 2019. Inventory of U. S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2017. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D. C.