July 28th, 2010 • Posted by Artichoke Cafe • Permalink
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Sustainability is a buzzword that seems to be popping up everywhere within the food community, but what does it really mean?
Niman Ranch takes sustainability very seriously. It is one of the founding principles driving everything they do. To them sustainability means treating the land as a precious natural resource. Their farmers raise fewer animals per acre and practice crop rotation to maintain the health of the soil. They also use alternative energy sources to keep their operations up-and-running.
If the farmers are raising livestock in an environmentally responsible way they are cognizant of the land and are careful not to exhausts its resources. Proper agriculture practices should be done in a manner that allows each following generation to perform these same practices.
Take the Jaca family for example, their family has been ranching the same land for over 100 years. Inez and Elias Jaca are 4th generation Basque Ranchers who raise cattle for Niman Ranch. Their children who are now involved in the day to day responsibilities of caring for the livestock are 5th generation ranchers and their grandchildren are soon to be 6th generation ranchers.
Niman Ranch believes that raising livestock can and should be done in an environmentally sustainable manner. Raising animals traditionally, the way their farmers and ranchers do, protects our water supply and preserves the land for future generations.
Niman Ranch and its U.S. family farmers and ranchers raise livestock traditionally, humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world.
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