Climate Change and Agriculture

May 30, 2019

As farmers and beef producers, we care about a lot of things – our staff and customers, the quality of our products, the health and care of our cattle, sustainability and our impact on the earth – not to mention the legacy we’re leaving to the next generation. It’s a lot to think about, and farming with integrity means having big conversations and addressing tough subjects.

Many things produce carbon – manufacturing, driving a car, agriculture, recreation, etc. As a business that seeks to minimize its environmental impact and carbon footprint, we have long been interested in land management strategies that support our values. This isn’t a subject all food producers want to bring up with customers, but we feel that it’s important and on some level, something all Canadians should be talking about.

A new approach to carbon

In the weeks and months to come, we’ll be looking at how VG Meats is approaching sustainability and land management. In the meantime, we’d like to share these videos as an introduction to what has inspired and guided us.

First, there’s this interesting (and exciting!) discovery – please check out this video explaining how compost can help grass trap carbon while creating better soil and plant life.

Next, there’s this fantastic TED Talk by Alan Savory – it’s worth a watch!

Finally, we’d like to highlight this video that brother Cory VG made last year. We’ll be talking more about our own process soon, but this is a great starting point and shows how implementing some of the strategies discussed above has really made an impact on the VG family farm.

Thanks for reading, watching and caring – and please, let us know if you have any specific questions or comments! We’d be more than happy to address them in a future blog post.