Hey, it's Cloe!
You will find me and my family in the beautiful mountain valley of Gunnison, Colorado stewarding our land with intentional, holistic, and regenerative management of livestock.
We ARE sequestering carbon, creating biodiversity, increasing organic matter, and providing healthy sustainable Colorado-raised proteins to individuals and families across the nation!
Here's a bit of how this all works...
Thoughtfully managed grazing animals that are raised for meat can increase the soil organic matter.
The soil organic matter at The Van Tuyl Ranch has increased from 6.8% in 2010 to 15% in 2020 because we manage the grazing of our meat-producing animals to mimic nature, and we avoid the use of chemicals on the land and animals.
Soil organic carbon is a measurable component of soil organic matter.
If a notable quantity of carbon is stored in the soil as organic carbon it reduces the amount present in the atmosphere and this helps to reduce global warming. This process of storing carbon in the soil is called soil carbon sequestration.
Thoughtfully managed cows, sheep, and other livestock raised for meat actually offset Colorado carbon emissions by pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it where it belongs... in the soil.
Also, it has been estimated that each 1 percent increase in soil organic matter helps soil hold 20,000 gallons more water per acre.
Talk about a solution for drought!
Preserving Grasslands and Wildlife Habitats
Parker Pastures meats are Audubon Certified as "Grazed on Bird Friendly Land."
The Audubon Society launched their Conservation Ranching program several years ago so that when consumers enjoy a package of Audubon Certified beef, they can trust the cattle were raised not only antibiotic, hormone, and cruelty-free, but with the health and habitats of local birds and wildlife in mind.
Program certification is achieved by following a set of program standards in four areas: habitat management, forage and feeding, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability.
By choosing meats from Audubon-certified ranches like ours, Coloradans can contribute to the expansion of livestock management practices that are better for our health, better for cattle, and better for the environment.
Grass-fed beef is one of the most nutrient-dense proteins you can buy.
It has an extensive micronutrient profile and contains a good amount of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Benefits from increased omega–3 consumption include decreasing all markers of inflammation, helping with depression, and helping with focus. Recent studies conducted show omega–3s to be a promising alternative to alleviate attention deficit disorders (ADHD) over stimulant medications.
Beef from grass-fed cows also contains a certain beneficial fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA can help prevent several diseases and conditions like obesity and diabetes. CLA is considered to be one of the strongest nutrients which can defend against cancer.
In addition, one serving of grass-fed beef provides an incredibly nutrient dense protein with naturally occurring vitamin E, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, Betaine, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, and Selenium.
We know and believe that eating grass-fed, grass-finished, regenerative meat raised from holistically managed ranches is the way to combat climate change, degeneration of landscapes, loss of biodiversity, and unhealthy people.