In Defense Of Beef Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. The cattle on Jim Gates' ranch have greener pastures this winter, which is a big change from last years' conditions. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio The World Health Organization’s announcement this week that it is classifying red meat and processed meat as “probably carcinogenic” is riling hides in the beef industry. They say, unlike a bad steak, it’s not cut and dried. Cattle ranchers say eating meat as part of a balanced diet poses no health risks. And grassland ecologists are currently documenting how grassfed cattle can restore and regenerate degraded rangeland, which actually combats climate change.Nicolette Hahn Nieman is an author, biologist and wife of rancher Bill Niman. She recently published the book “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production” and joins Insight to talk about the benefits of eating sustainably-raised beef.