Of course we all know that cows graze and eat grass and hay, right? That’s what we learned from our earliest picture books, but the modern factory farm has moved a long ways away from those practices. While it’s true that these operations provide a year-round supply of food at a reasonable price, a host of less-favorable conditions have resulted:
• Animal stress and abuse
• Air, land, and water pollution
• The unnecessary use of hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs
• The loss of small family farms
• Food with little nutritional value
Grass-fed beef is obvioulsy not only a happier animal, but the meat tastes better – and is MUCH better for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid”.
It’s true, this type of animal husbandry requires healthy soil and careful pasture management, a lot more knowledge, work, and skill – but we think it’s worth it.