Arapaho Ranch goes green
April 22, 2010
by Bryan Salvage
CASTLE ROCK, CO. – Arapaho Ranch, North America's largest organic, grass-fed cattle ranch, has been certified VerifiedGreen by Integrated Management Information Inc., a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions for the agricultural/livestock industry under the Where Food Comes From brand. This certification enables ranchers and farmers to market their products as consistent with environmentally sustainable production practices.
VerifiedGreen allows Arapaho Ranch to assign carbon credits to cattle raised on the ranch, which, in turn, allows consumers who purchase Arapaho Ranch beef at the retail level to offset their own carbon footprint. IMI Global and Arapaho Ranch estimate that 1 lb. of beef originating from the ranch offsets the carbon generated by an automobile traveling 100 miles.
Arapaho Ranch, owned and operated by the Northern Arapaho Tribe on 595,000 acres in north-central Wyoming, reinforces its reputation for sustainable operations and a deep commitment to land that has been in the tribe for generations. The ranch already has achieved U.S.D.A. Organic Certification and incorporates into its production practices numerous value added programs related to humane handling and environmental stewardship.
"There is a growing movement among consumers to know where their food comes from and whether the producers are practicing good environmental stewardship," said David Stoner, manager of Arapaho Ranch. "Arapaho Ranch is owned, managed and worked by individuals who have a deep connection to the land and are as proud of the leadership role we play in promoting environmentally sustainable practices as we are of the high quality beef we provide to consumers across the United States."