All About Beef
Our first priority is providing safe beef - not only to your family but ours as well.
Today’s beef production system allow U.S. beef producers to provide a year-round supply of safe, wholesome and nutritious beef at an affordable price. Modern beef production technologies represent beef producers’ continued commitment to responsibly producing food at a price consumers can afford.
More than 800,000 beef producers across the country work hard each and every day to safely, humanely and efficiently raise cattle that become wholesome and nutritious beef. We constantly evaluate our production practices to make sure we are bringing safe and wholesome beef to your dinner table. Beef production technologies are based on sound science and are subject to strict government review. If approved, these products are regularly evaluated and only remain in the marketplace if they are continually proven safe. This safety promise is guaranteed by beef producer vigilance on farm, public health veterinarian inspections and safe food handling at restaurants, grocery stores and even our own kitchens.
Like many Americans, those of us who raise cattle are doing our part to protect the environment. We take steps every day to responsibly maintain the environment because the land, air and water around us serve as both our office and our home. Partners in the beef production chain work together with government agencies to educate beef producers about good environmental practices and provide incentives for producers who are leaders in conservation efforts. Cattle producers diligently employ responsible management practices to protect the environment in and around our farms and ranches. More than half the agricultural land in the United States is unsuitable for crop production. Grazing animals on this land more than doubles the land area that can be used to produce food in this country. In areas where erosion is an issue, foraging animals such as cattle can help stabilize the soil and promote expanded growth of grasses. Cattlemen are the foundation for this country’s open space which, according to the Agriculture Council of America, provides habitat for three-quarters of America’s wildlife.
Modern beef production is responsible for supplying nutritious and affordable beef to the world. Reducing red meat consumption would harm diet quality by restricting the primary food source of many important nutrients. Naturally nutrient-rich foods, like lean beef, help people get more essential nutrients in fewer calories. 29 cuts of beef (including 15 of the 20 most popular cuts) meet government guidelines for lean, such as the tenderloin, sirloin and 95% lean ground beef. One 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie daily diet, yet it’s an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus; and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin.