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FAQ:
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits,  reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
Why aren’t you certified Organic?
While we believe organic is a step in the right direction for agriculture, there are many practices of organics that further degrade land (as opposed to regenerate land).  While we strongly believe spraying chemicals and synthetic fertilizers is terrible, we acknowledge the industrialized and heavily utilized plow (or till) is equally as destructive to soil biology. Tilling is a practice that is widely accepted and utilized as a form of weed management in organic agriculture. Organic-regenerative feels like the gold standard in crop production, where soil structure is respected as a pillar to soil health, therefore tills are not utilized. In the animal agriculture world, organic meat is often incredibly deceptive to the end consumer.  For instance, organic grass fed beef can mean that a cow is fed organic (non sprayed) hay in a feedlot. It doesn't necessarily take into consideration living conditions (like pasture based vs feedlot). We value the entire ecosystem and ecosystem functionality which we believe is best practiced through regenerative animal agriculture and holistic planned grazing.
Regenerative Agriculture vs. Plant Based vs. Industrial Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture.
REGENERATIVE
  • Builds soil health
  • No tilling, no chemicals, no fertilizers, no herbicides, no pesticides, no fungicides.
  • Holistic, supports a healthy eco system and is conservation focused.
  • Sequesters carbon
  • Works WITH nature to provide the best quality and nutrient dense food on the planet.
  • Works to continuously improve the environment and health, incrementally. 
PLANT BASED
  • Relies on the current monoculture system which destroys soil and wildlife.
  • Promotes genetically modified foods.
  • Produces nutrient deficient foods.
  • Is a sustainable rather than a regenerative model. Sustainable is no longer good enough. 
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIC
  • Heavily reliant on tilling and use of approved pest controls.
  • Monocrop practices that destroy the soil and wildlife habitat.
  • Is a sustainable rather than a regenerative model. Sustainable is no longer good enough. 
CONVENTIONAL:
  • Depletes the soil through extractive processes and methods.
  • Uses tilling and chemical fertilizers and pest controls.
  • Prioritizes profits and quantity over quality and ethics.
  • Creates ocean dead zones, poisoned waterways and releases carbon.
  • Produces nutrient deficient foods. 
  • Works against nature.
How does regenerative meat combat climate change?
Through photosynthesis, healthy grassland ecosystems remove carbon from the atmosphere and store in the soil (where it belongs!). In order to maximise the carbon sequestering capacity of these thriving grasslands, the symbiotic presence of grazing animals is required. As a result, when managed in nature’s images, bison and other ruminant animals have the ability to enrich a system that reverses climate change.
What is grass-fed, grass-finished and pasture raised?
Grass-finished comes from animals that ate nothing but grass and forage for their entire lives. Grass-fed, on the other hand, may be used to label meat from animals that were started on a grass diet but have either received supplemental grain feed or are finished on a fully grain-based diet. Grass-fed does not mean that the animal spent any time in a pasture, they could have been fed hay in a feedlot. 100% grass fed is the same as grass finished and pasture raised.
Why Frozen meat is just as good as fresh.
What’s good about freezing meat is that it actually tenderizes it. This is due to the expansion of the moisture within the cell walls when they freeze. When thawed this muscle fibers are more tender. Also- our meat is safe to consume up to 21 days from when it was thawed and a whole year frozen!
Why don’t you discount?
We won’t ever offer free meat because we honor the animals and support the ranchers who put in the hard work to improve the quality of our food and heal our environment.  Discounting or giving away meat for free sets the precedent that animals are commodities, going against our core company values. To learn more, check out our blog post, “The Commodification of Meat”.
Why is there beef in the Elk and Venison?
You may have noticed there is 3% Grass Fed Beef added to our Venison and Elk products and want to know why.  The regulatory environment surrounding meat in the US can be pretty complex.  In order to satisfy the federal authorities and simultaneously all the various state agencies (many of which have different and even conflicting requirements) this blend makes everyone happy. By including in a minimal amount of some of the most premium beef on the planet we are able to satisfy all these authorities and make sure wild game proteins that meet our elevated standards and values are accessible and cost effective for consumers all across the country.
IS THIS SCALABLE? IT IS POSSIBLE TO FEED A GROWING POPULATION ON GRASS FED ANIMAL PROTEIN?

A Stone barns Institute study on grass fed beef production showed that if we can increase the productivity of our lands by 30% we can grass feed and grass finish every beef cattle in the United States.  It is not about if we have the land to produce and scale, it is about if we have the management (people committed to improving soil health and productivity of land).

ANIMAL FAT CAUSES HEART DISEASE, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, AND OTHER HEALTH AILMENTS.

There is NO EVIDENCE showing red meat or saturated fat consumption causes heart disease or diabetes. Humans have eaten red meat and other nutrient dense animal products for thousands of years. It’s time to stop blaming animals for our poor health and start looking at the... REAL CULPRIT: nutrient-poor, hyper-palatable and ultra-processed foods.

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH LAND TO GRAZE CATTLE.

Removing cattle doesn’t mean that we’ll free up more land for crop production. More than 60% globally and 40% of the land in the contiguous U.S. is pasture and rangeland that is too rocky, steep, and/or arid to support cultivated agriculture – yet this land can support cattle and protein upcycling.

EATING LESS MEAT = MORE DEFICIENCIES, CALORIES, AND CARBS

One study in PNAS modeled what would happen if America eliminated all animal products and showed that overall caloric would increase, carbohydrate intake would increase, and nutrient deficiencies would increase. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions would only reduce by 2.6%.

IT TAKES TOO MUCH WATER TO PRODUCE ANIMAL PROTEIN.

Most of the droplets below represent "green water," or rainfall that would have occurred whether or not the cattle grazed in that particular location. “Blue water" represents water that has been sourced from surface or groundwater resources. Beef requires only 280 gallons of “blue water" per pound, which is less than the amount required to produce a pound of avocados, walnuts, or sugar. Additionally, I find the water argument frustrating because it fails to consider humans’ impact on the water cycle.  How many gallons of water it takes for us to grow? – drink/day (although we never turn into food to nourish others), take a shower, brush our teeth, water our lawns.  Unscientifically speaking, I imagine that most people water their yards with more water than it takes to hydrate an animal which will feed their family for an entire year. See our blog post, THE MYTH OF TOO MUCH WATER.

 

HUMANS DON’T NEED TO EAT MEAT TO GET ALL YOUR ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS

Animal sources are the most complete protein sources because they contain all of the amino acids we need for optimal health. The heme iron in steak is the best, most bio-available source of iron, and a small 4oz serving of beef contains 95% of the DRI for B12, something you can’t get from plants. Iron and B12 are two of the most common nutrient deficiencies worldwide according to the CDC.

One study in PNAS modeled what would happen if America eliminated all animal products and showed that overall caloric would increase, carbohydrate intake would increase, and nutrient deficiencies would increase. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions would only reduce by 2.6%.

DON’T COWS RELEASE METHANE THROUGH FARTING, THUS CONTRIBUTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

According the EPA, all livestock only represents 3.9% of the US GHG emissions, which is far lower than the 18% - 51% range many plant-based advocates report. The largest source of GHG emissions in the US comes from energy and transportation. Within the livestock category, beef represents 2% of total US GHG emissions.  Regardless of the statistic, we again are talking about studying a dysfunctional system (which the numbers aren’t so bad when considering that).  Within a healthy ecosystem with healthy soils, there is a bacteria present called methanatrophic bacteria that is responsible for pulling methane from the air and putting it in the soil.

PLANT BASED IS MORE HUMANE. MEAT IS MURDER.

There is MORE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION CONSUMING A PLANT BASED DIET than an animal based diet.  When you look at two agricultural systems side by side you are comparing this-

PLANT BASED DIET: the death of millions of microbes and biology due to tilling and/or spraying.  Taking the lives of thousands of insects, rodents, and reptiles when tilling and/or spraying.  Removing habitat and further exposing prey to predators through the destruction of ground cover.  Oh, and plants are also sentient beings, so…

ANIMAL BASED DIET: The death of one large ruminant to feed your entire family for a year. One life. All things eat and are eaten. A food system without animals could cause more harm than good. Well-raised beef is a healthy, sustainable and ethical food.

Some of my items were defrosted upon delivery
Your meat is shipped out frozen with either dry ice, ice packs or a combination thereof depending on your shipping location. In warmer conditions your order may arrive partially thawed. Meat below 40 degrees is safe to consume and can be refrozen or thawed completely for consumption. For more information please see our FAQ, WHY FROZEN MEAT IS JUST AS GOOD AS FRESH. If your order arrives in 4 or more days and is over 40 degrees please contact us at info@forceofnaturemeats.com with your order number.