Life Cycle Analysis Shows Ecosystem Approach to Livestock Can Be Carbon-Negative
|Related ATTRA Publication:
Nutrient Cycling in Pastures
A Life Cycle Analysis conducted by Quantis at White Oak Pastures in south Georgia showed that the farm is storing more carbon in the soil than its cows emit during their lives. General Mills funded the study, which compared soil in fields that had been holistically managed for 0 to 20 years. The results showed that farmer Will Harris’ grazing methods are adding soil organic matter and sequestering more carbon than the cows produce. A press release reports that data indicates that White Oak Pastures is offsetting at least 100% of the farm’s grassfed beef carbon emissions and as much as 85% of the farm’s total carbon emissions.