Certified Sustainable Grassfed Whey -
At what point did the “Grassfed” claim for whey protein powder become so frequently and fraudulently professed that it now ranks up there with hollow words like “home-style” or “Premium” when describing a food product on the shelf at your local grocery store?
The rise in demand for actual, truly grassfed whey protein paired with the nonexistence of a centralized regulatory agency to protect and define such a claim has essentially eroded the “Grassfed” descriptor down to a meaningless adjective.
Sustainably Sourced Whey Protein Isolate -
Your health is perhaps your most intimate of possessions. It cannot be directly shared or cultivated by anyone else and it has the greatest impact on the entirety of your life. Like everything intimate, trust is okay, but verification provides peace of mind and in this day and age is absolutely needed.
In the case of the whey protein industry, trust is absolutely unwarranted with verification. The onus to sift through the flagrantly deceitful brands to finally land on the honest one that’s right for you falls entirely on you. The industry launches hundreds of new brands daily, and there are gems out there, unfortunately, the burden of work falls on the consumer to find them.
Providing a truly grassfed anything (butter, milk, whey) is a massive undertaking and extremely rare in the age of modern factory dairy farming, feedlots, and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). Yet the accompanying premium that can be applied to a product that simply markets the "grass-fed" claim is too much to just walk away from, especially if there are no consequences (lack of regulations and false marketing enforcement) for throwing the adjective around, or placing it front & center in the principal display area of a product's label.
To help you; A truly grassfed whey operation will have specific accreditation to accompany such claims to bolster authenticity. These trusting accreditation bodies often include the following -
- Informed Choice/Sport – Verifying general product and claims, manufacturing facilities, final product, Co Packers to assure the consumer the product is what the brand claims it is, with the source of origin verified.
- A Greener World - Animal Welfare Approved verifies the welfare of the grassfed animal assuring unlimited access to freshwater, clean bedding, shelter against inclement weather, access to each other (Cow-Calf bonding) and the outdoors.
- ASPCA - Shop with your Heart Certified Brand List
The one accreditation not yet discussed is relating to the environment. A truly grassfed operation capable of delivering authentic high-end nutrient dense whey protein will naturally produce a small carbon footprint and generate other environmental benefits inherent to progressive sustainable farming practices. In this case, there is no more honorable organization than the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) operating out of the United Kingdom.
Trust & Verify your Grassfed Whey Brand
Origin Green is Bord Bia's promise that Ireland will be leading sustainable dairy farming worldwide, forming a new contract with nature!
This is not just lip service, we are proud to have our Grass-fed Whey product Certified by Informed Choice & Informed-Sport, our farms Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World, and lastly for our entire supply chain from farm to final product residing in Ireland is recognized by the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS), which is the first national dairy audit scheme of its kind anywhere in the world, independently auditing, recording and monitoring the sustainability credentials of every dairy farm.
100% of our whey is produced by farms within the SDAS, and are certified to Origin Green. The focus of these Schemes is to lower the environmental impact and emissions burden of farms, while also providing greater profit margins for the farmer. Independently accredited to the PAS 2050 Standard, the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, audits the carbon footprint of every farm we source from.
PAS 2050 Standard - The is a standard the applies to all goods and services produced by the British Standards Institution in 2008 to assess carbon emissions. PAS 2050 represents the 1st consensus-based carbon footprint standard (applicable globally on a massive scale) for the production of goods.
Ireland's Low Carbon Emissions
The basis of the certification is straight forward. In the world rankings of dairy farm carbon emissions, Ireland (the origin of the best-grassfed whey or dairy in the world), is among the lowest carbon emitters. Sustainable farming practices coupled with a lush environment, that would literally engulf the entire island in overgrowth if the dairy cows weren’t there serving as the nation’s natural hedge trimmers, allows the Irish dairy carbon footprint to come in at less than half the global average per country.
Did you know: Kerrygold Irish Butter dates back 6,000 years and to date still holds the title, as "Best Butter on the Planet". This is due to Ireland being recognized as having the world's best grass-growing environment which over the years has elevated Ireland as the "Best Grassfed Dairy Producer in the World".
Grassfed Whey Sourced in the USA & New Zealand
Operations that exist in the U.S. and other countries such as New Zealand (the world’s largest exporter of dairy products) have been backed into a corner by big agribusiness. As long as there exists CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) or factory farms, the goal of being a net carbon neutral dairy industry remains a far-fetched dream. This matters to you because if given the choice, we believe that the conscientious consumer, if not tricked into supporting the CAFO model through purchasing a product on the basis of a fraudulent “Grassfed”, "pasture-fed", '100% Grassfed", or “Free-Roaming” type label claim, would consciously choose a more progressive sustainable practice for sourcing nutrition.
CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)
Unfortunately, 99% of the whey protein brands you see in plastic tubs anywhere and everywhere have origins in feedlots all across the country and globe. These CAFOs are massive carbon & methane emitters, require immense power generation, and produce unfathomable quantities of highly contaminated runoff water, representing the trifecta of environmental damage not to mention animal abuse.
We believe the current paradigm of CAFOs is wildly unsustainable in the long haul and will ultimately become a historic outdated practice naturally. The real power to stop these operations right now lays solely with the collective purchasing power of the “informed” consumer, and the choice to verify being the first step of trusting the sourcing brand and their labels.
Grassfed Whey Sourced the Right Whey
Our slogan is not only the best for our nutrition, but it's also the best for our animals & the environment. Support the aim for ZERO Carbon Emissions!
By sourcing our product from farms on the southeastern coastal grasslands of Ireland we are proud to promote being part of the lowest carbon-emitting sustainable farming operations & country in the world!
AGN Roots Grass-fed Whey contributes to the demand for sustained low carbon emissions simply through supporting farms that live and breathe with their animals, treating them with respect and allowing them unfettered access to the outdoors and each other.
When Grass-fed cows live outdoors year-round (with few exceptions such as inclement weather) there is simply no need for the excessive emissions associated with powering heaters, fans, air conditioning units, diesel generators, etc...
To be fair, we recognize that the natural lush and alkaline (sits on limestone) environment endemic to the Irish farmland where we source our whey occurs naturally in very few places worldwide. That without such a natural abundance of immense grasslands capable of converting vast quantities of carbon dioxide, the challenge of working towards a net neutral carbon emissions operation becomes a daunting task. Daunting, Yes, but impossible, absolutely not.
To learn more about the sourcing environment of the best-unflavored grass-fed whey protein isolate please check out - The Perfect Grassfed Diary Environment
Imagine if only the truly Grassfed operations were allowed to market as such, the demand for these products would then drive the creation of real supplies to quench the economic thirst. Effort backed by tremendous investment would go into overcoming the tasks of eliminating CAFOs globally and working towards technological breakthroughs allowing sustainable operations to occur anywhere, not just the fertile crescent of the present we call "Ireland".
~ AGN Roots Grassfed Whey Team