April 22 marks Earth Day, and the beef checkoff is once again encouraging producers to tell their friends and family to do something good for their body and the planet by celebrating with steak. Why?

Because the beef raised today requires less land, water and energy than before and each serving provides 10 essential nutrients to your diet.

Producers can be proud of so many things:

  • About two-thirds of cattle farms and ranches have been in the same family for two generations or more.
  • On average, each cattleman has 13 different practices in place to accomplish environmental goals such as nurturing wildlife, preventing erosion and conserving and protecting water.
  • Thanks to smart practices, raising livestock in the U.S. today accounts for less than 3% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit the checkoff-funded ExploreBeef.org website for more information and fact sheets about modern beef production and the environment. For additional facts and figures on how ranchers celebrate Earth Day every day, link to BEEF's Earth Day page here.