.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Monday, April 21, 2008

EARTH DAY is celebrated every day with Farmers and Ranchers!

Sustainability Fun Facts

In the United States, 98 percent of farms are family farms.

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture decreased 4.2 percent from 2001 to 2006.

From 1990 to 2005, overall methane emissions decreased 11.5 percent.

Most large feedlot owners have a dedicated environmental engineer either on staff or on contract who ensures the operation is in compliance with strict government regulations.

This year, 46,000 upland acres of private land, mostly on working farms and ranches, were restored to benefit the grizzly bear.

U.S. consumers spend a smaller percent of their disposable income on groceries than consumers any where else in the world.

This year, 120,000 acres of private land, mostly on working farms and ranches, were restored to benefit the bald eagle.

In the Eastern and Central United States, wildlife is almost entirely dependent on ranch, farm and other private lands; so, ranchers play an important role in the survival of native species.

Grazing cattle can minimize the invasion of non-native plant species.

Farmers’ and ranchers’ landowner agreements restored or enhanced 445,000 acres and 885 river miles of habitat for fish and wildlife.

Today's American farmer feeds about 144 people worldwide.

Today versus 1960: 1.8 million less farms are feeding a U.S. population that has increased 61 percent.

Controlling dust has been a priority land-management practice on cattle operations for generations.

Agricultural productivity in the United States has more than doubled in the past 50 years.

Grazing cattle reduces the risk of wildfires by decreasing the amount of flammable material on the land.

Because 85 percent of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for producing crops, grazing animals more than doubles the area that can be used to produce food.

Rangelands and pastures provide forage and habitat for numerous wildlife species, including 20 million deer, 500,000 pronghorn antelope, 400,000 elk and 55,000 feral horses and burros.

Cattle serve a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food.

Last year, more than 2,000 ranchers and farmers entered into landowner agreements with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

About a billion acres, or 55 percent of the total land surface in the United States, is rangeland, pasture and forages.

Calculate your personal greenhouse gas emissions using EPA’s calculator:

EPA’s Clean Water Act sets forth requirements for protecting our nation’s water resources. Animal manures are a valuable fertilizer and soil conditioner.

Beef producers consider the rate of growth and consumption of plants in a given area when deciding how to rotate cattle to new pastures.

Cattle grazing plays an important role in maintaining the wetland habitat necessary for some endangered species.

The United States has 16 million more acres of forestland than it did in 1920.

Send this on to family and friends and see how much they REALLY know about farmers and ranchers and what they do for the environment!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Trying to Manage Your Weight??? Eat BEEF!

According to the Journal of Nutrition, 2007: Research has been showing that dietary protein "is more satiating than carbohydrates and fat!" The study, "Inadequate Dietary Protein Increases Hunger and Desire to Eat in Younger and Older Men," revealed that if protein intake is below the RDA (recommended dietary allowance), the result is an increase in hunger and an increased desire to eat.

Research also showed that exercise is "more effective when coupled with a moderately high-protein diet." The study revealed that "a protein-rich diet with reduced carboyhdrates, combined with exercise additively improved body composition during weight loss, reduced triglyceride levels and maintained higher HDL (the good kind!) cholesterol levels."

That means that a diet with protein can be helpful in protecting muscle while burning fat AND it can help with weight loss and weight maintenance. That's good news. BEEF contains significant amounts of the amino acid "leucine", which "works with insulin to promote muscle growth."

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is not only lower in cholesterol than skinless chicken, it also supplies 25.4 grams of protein, which equals about 50 percent of RDA amounts.