Organic Beef and Milk: Bad for the environment?

Cows produce methane; and before you start thinking the obvious cud chewing animals produce methane breaking down the cellulose in plants and…well…burp it out. Methane is 2nd on the list of harmful greenhouse gasses and aside from being burped out by cattle it is produced by rice paddies, wetlands, and a host of less natural processes.

As much as I love the major organic food store chain (the granola aisle alone is worth the trip) antibiotics in cow feed retards the methane production so that US grown beef and milk have not been adding to the problem as much as third world and in the wild cattle do. Add that to the fact that zero of the antibiotics or growth hormones that everyone worries so much about can actually be detected scientifically in milk means that if your environmentally conscious you might want to avoid the organic dairy and beef.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mahdi February 14, 2008 at 6:23 am

Hi
i think you are in the wrong way. it is better you study more about organic milk production after that say your idea.

Steve Watkins February 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for the comment Mahdi. I have, in fact, studied quite a bit about organic milk production. I even have relatives that owned an organic dairy farm.

Lars February 19, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Hi Steve,

I was already working on my drink organic milk post when you wrote your post. It cracked me up that we had such different opinions!

The whole idea of Bovine Growth Hormone grosses me out, even knowing that it isn’t actually IN the milk itself.

At my house, we buy organic because it lasts longer than regular milk, so it ends up being CHEAPER for us, since it doesn’t go bad all the time.

Lars

Steve Watkins February 24, 2008 at 9:20 pm

heh…Valid points in both articles.

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