Why Consider Organic Grass Fed Beef
Grass fed beef comes from cows that are allowed to graze on pasture and consume their natural diet of grass.
This is different from cows raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which are fed a processed diet containing grains and even growth-promoting drugs.
Organic grass fed beef production requires more effort and attention to detail, as ranchers have to follow strict guidelines that will ensure the meat’s freshness and quality.
Because grass fed cows are grown in more humane conditions, the meat’s quality is superior to conventional beef. The meat also tends to be loaded with more nutrients, without the risks attributed to harmful pathogens that are found in conventional corn fed beef.
Positive long-term effects of grass fed beef production on the environment must be emphasized too.
A study published in the journal Nature Plants sought to discover the benefits of Organic versus conventional farming under 4 Key sustainability metrics, they are:
- environmental impact
- economic viability and
- social well-being.
Researchers analyzed data that emerged in the past 40 years, and the results highlighted these positive effects connected to organic farms:
- More profitable and can earn farmers anywhere from 22 to 35% more compared to their conventional counterparts
- More environmentally friendly
- Able to produce equally or more nutritious foods with fewer or no pesticide residues
- Can provide unique benefits to the ecosystem
- Can deliver social benefits
Beef in general already contains certain nutrients that are good for us. However, grass fed Organic beef goes above and beyond because it is simply more nutritious, possessing these important components:
|Lower amounts of total fat||Higher levels of beta-carotene||Higher in vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and E|
|Higher amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium, alongside other minerals like iron, zinc, sodium and phosphorus||Higher portions of total omega-3 fatty acids||Higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA or cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter|
|Higher amounts of vaccenic acid that can be transformed into CLA||A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids|
If you are worried that you will not be able to buy grass fed Organic beef in your area, do not. Because of the increasing demand for grass fed Organic beef, more businesses are aiming to provide healthier options for customers.
You can obtain authentic grass fed beef by contacting a trusted local rancher and buying the meat directly from their farm.
Many ranchers have smaller and cleaner organic and bio-dynamic farms where cows are not crowded. This leads to a lower possibility of the animals harboring pathogens that can contaminate the meat.
You can contact Organic ranchers online as an alternative solution if you do not have access to a local rancher near you.
There are also grocery chains that have responded to consumers’ demand for grass fed beef, so there’s likely to be a small assortment of grass fed beef at your local grocery store or health store.
When purchasing beef at supermarkets or groceries, look for products that are certified grass fed by the American Grassfed Association (AGA). Compared to previous standards set by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), AGA’s guidelines are more comprehensive and more stringent. The presence of the AGA logo can essentially guarantee that the meat came from cows that:
- Have been fed a 100% forage diet
- Have never been confined in a feedlot
- Have never received antibiotics or hormones
- Were born and raised on American family farms
AGA’s grass fed label is considered the most trustworthy, since no other grass fed certification delivers the same comprehensive assurance as this label. Even better, no other grass fed program guarantees compliance using 3rd-party audits like AGA.
The Grass Fed Exchange is a good place to find Organic grass fed beef in your community, click here.
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