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IN THIS ISSUE: 
  • How much water does it take to make a hamburger? 
  • NEW! Saturday Deliveries on October 11 - Order Today to reserve your spot
  • Taste of Santa Clara Valley: Join us Sept. 14 to celebrate local food!
How Much Water Does It Take To Make a Hamburger? 

Dear Friends, 
 
        We often hear about the large amount of water it takes to raise cattle. The numbers are huge but almost always simplistic.  No doubt, a cow needs water to thrive, but we don't see Morris Grassfed Beef as a detriment to the water cycle. In fact, we think Morris Grassfed Beef actually enhances the water cycle by producing healthy rangelands that capture and hold clean water, which then flows to the ocean and surrounding community. Our cattle drink from natural springs and creeks, filled by rainfall (when we have it!) and consume approximately 10 gallons a day, per cow. (We had to haul water from the best producing springs to the herd last fall, for there was no other water on the ranch, so we know exactly how much the cows were drinking.)  That's 3,650 gallons per cow, per year. It takes about two years to raise a cow, totaling 7,300 gallons. Divide that amount by the pounds of beef produced from a single Morris Grassfed cow, approx. 360, and you get 20.28 gallons of water needed to produce one pound of Morris Grassfed Beef.  Our abattoir and butchers also use water to wash the carcasses and clean their facilities.
       The average family of four uses approximately 360 gallons of water a day.* That's 131,400 gallons a year, or 36 times what a cow uses. Granted, cows are not flushing toilets, taking showers or watering lawns ... at least not with tap water, but it puts into perspective how much water daily life takes. 
   Let's compare how much water it takes to make a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, a head of lettuce and a conventionally-raised pound of beef  vs. grassfed.  (We should note that finding reliable numbers for these things is difficult. Many of the sources that come up are ideological and have a strong agenda to push. We tried to find the most un-biased, scientific evidence we could. And we know our numbers are correct because we monitor and measure them.) The following chart shows the water needed to make each of these popular foods: 
    
    Conventionally-raised beef takes more water because the cattle are fed water-intensive corn and alfalfa crops, and drink from imported water in feedlots rather than natural springs and creeks. Unfortunately, as soon as cattle are placed in a feedlot they can no longer contribute in a beneficial way to the water cycle. 
     Consider also, the number of calories and nutrients each of these foods provide. Although a head of lettuce takes about the same amount of water as a pound of Morris Grassfed, while supplying only about a quarter of the calories, a Morris Grassfed burger packs essential Omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, and other vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy brain and body. We love a glass of red wine as much as the next person, but it takes more water to make than your Morris Grassfed hamburger. 
     Finally, if the more than 4,500 acres of rangeland that are managed by us is improved so that each acre, approximately the size of a football field, captures an extra inch of rainfall that would be an additional 27,166 gallons per acre, a huge net gain by management of Morris Grassfed Beef.  This is not at all inconceivable.  Your hamburger is a boon to your family’s health, your community and the water cycle.  So, the next time someone tells you beef uses too much water, give them our number.
 
Bon Appetit,
The Morris Grassfed Team 

*Source: Irvine Ranch Water District Study, 2011
New! Saturday Deliveries
Please note: We do not know exact times until we know how many people will meet us at each stop. Once we finalize the schedule, we'll send  an e-mail with specifics, about a week ahead of time.  Click here for specific addresses of our drop-off locations.  Be sure to check our website for updates, dates are subject to change.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Berkeley
San Francisco
Portola Valley
San Jose - Doerr Park
Gilroy

Wednesday, Sept. 10th
 Pasadena 
 Westminster 
 Camarillo 
 Santa Barbara
 Santa Monica 

Tues., Sept. 16th
Stockton 
Tracy 
Sacramento
Pleasanton
Fremont
Gilroy
San Juan Bautista

Wednesday, Sept. 17th
Monterey
Aptos
Scotts Valley
Portola Valley
San Jose - Doerr Park 
 
NEW! SATURDAY DELIVERY: OCT 11
Monterey
Aptos
Scotts Valley
Portola Valley
San Francisco
Berkeley
San Jose - Doerr Park
Morgan Hill 

Wednesday, January 14th
 Santa Barbara 
 Camarillo 
 Santa Monica 
 Westminster 
 Pasadena 
 San Luis Obispo

Tuesday, January 20th
 Berkeley
 San Francisco 
 Fairfield 
 Portola Valley 
 San Jose- Doerr Park 
 Gilroy

Wednesday, January 21st
 Monterey 
 Aptos 
 Scotts Valley
 San Jose- Doerr Park 
 Fremont - Northgate Park
 Pleasanton 
 Hollister 


 
   Join us and fellow foodies at "The Taste of Santa Clara Valley" on Sunday, September 14th from 5-9pm at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill, CA.  The  "farm to fork” dinner will highlight the bounty of the farmers of the Santa Clara Valley, including Morris Grassfed Beef.

Chef Nicolai Tuban of Bon Appétit Management Company will feature products from local farms and ranches for the multi-course menu, allowing attendees to experience the fresh, local, and delicious food at the peak of the season.

Wine from Guglielmo Winery will be poured during the event, along with beer from a local brewery.

Enjoy live music, a raffle, and a chance to bid on tours from several local farmers.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Community Alliance of Family Farmers'  program work and supports local farmers attending this event. To buy tickets and learn more, click here.
Trust the original! We've been direct marketing our 100% grassfed & finished beef to satisfied customers for 24 years. Our beef is USDA-inspected, dry-aged, cut & wrapped by local, small-scale artisan butchers. Watch our new video here. 

We offer a full exchange or refund if you are unhappy. Read our five star reviews on Yelp!: 
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