A common question concerns the environmental impacts in connection with the transportation of meat from Uruguay. Research shows that CO2 emissions resulting from transport to the Netherlands is equal to about 0.5% of the total CO2 that emanates from current Dutch beef which often receive (supplementary) feed derived from crops of South American origin, such as soybean, maize and grain. In this context it should be noted that it takes about 10 kg of feed to produce one kilogram of beef.

As the cattle consume nothing but grass, there is no transport of feed and no deforestation as a result of the cultivation of ingredients for feed. Also the distance to the slaughterhouse is short, so animal welfare is not compromised.

The extensive herds of cattle graze on the pampas, that have been there for ages. The manure which the cattle leave behind is the natural nutrition for the grass which they devour (so-called closed circle) and this in turn contributes to the maintenance of the biodiversity of the grasslands.

As on average one bovine occupies at least one hectare this results in a shortage of manure. Therefore the meadows are enriched with raw rock phosphate every 2 to 3 years. This does not apply in cases where the meat is labelled as organic. The addition raw rock phosphate is the only difference between organic and non-organic meat from Lento Melo.
Lento Melo
Prins Hendrikkade 146
3071 KN Rotterdam
The Netherlands
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