Almost 600 breeding farms are registered in the three GRACE intervention areas. They operate within a framework that aims to ensure the possibility of grazing animals outdoors, the quality of the meat and the traceability of the entire production chain up to the processing of the meat. Meats from pasture farming tend to be less fat and with a high content of unsaturated fatty acids and low in saturated fatty acids, i.e. with a more valid nutritional profile. Better intramuscular fat distribution is also associated with better flavor. On the dairy front, the milk of animals whose main diet is given by grass and hay already enjoys a specific community denomination as a guaranteed traditional specialty (TSG) which allows the milk-hay labeling of the product, to underline its gustatory and nutritional values .
Grazing animal husbandry is therefore the subject of great reconsideration both in terms of recognition through support and promotion policies and from a consumption point of view, appreciating its nutritional and health benefits.
Strengthened by the environmental and nutritional protection associated with animal production obtained on pastures, GRACE provides study and promotion tools to facilitate the involvement of the supply chain realities, from production to marketing, starting from a showcase for livestock products from raised livestock in the three Natura 2000 areas of the Lazio region.
In a short supply chain these advantages can be maximized for the citizen and the consumer, guaranteeing transparency and certainty on the origin of the product, sobriety with the reduction of transport and transactions and, last but not least, the opportunity to learn about the history of the foods we nourish ourselves with.
In these pages GRACE will collect and represent the diversity of livestock productions that take place in the Natura 2000 areas in which it operates, and will promote its characteristics by allowing the display of the location of the producers who sell them directly or through commercial channels of which they are protagonists.
This area of the website wants to ensure the recognition of these productions by promoting understanding of the breeding and processing systems that allow them to be released for consumption. GRACE promotes direct marketing systems and short supply chains, as well as the adoption of products with high environmental and territorial value in public canteens: Solidarity Purchase Groups (GAS) as well as Public Administrations can consult this section of the website to identify the supplies of interest and reach the contacts indicated to acquire information relating to the volumes available, prices, supply methods and any other useful information to bring Natura 2000 products to the tables of consumers or users.
We also invite you to contact us to contribute to the marketing and recognition of livestock products in the GRACE areas: those who promote direct sales markets by bringing consumers closer to producers, organize food and wine tours or ecotourism routes in the three territories, carry out home cooking or show cooking that make use of the products of these territories will deserve promotion on this site and a mention in the GRACE newsletter. There will be an honourable mention for those Public Administrations that will include the livestock products of the GRACE territories in the purchase specifications for their green public supplies by leveraging quality, sustainability and territoriality.