The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side

Grass-fed beef is making quite the splash lately, appearing on restaurant menus, in high-end grocery stores, and inevitably on the tables of your family and friends. But, some ask, “Is the price is worth it?”

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Let me tell you, it is.

First, let’s clear the air. Red meat often has an ugly reputation for being poor for our hearts and high in saturated fat and cholesterol. This is due to factory-farmed meat. Factory farmed meat cows are fed grain, often mixed with “by-product feedstuff,” such as municipal garbage, stale pastry, chicken feathers, and candy. Prior to 1997, cows were even being fed meat from other cows, turning an already unnatural diet into a SUPER unnatural diet. Needless to say, these cows are also given a boatload of antibiotics and hormones due to their unhealthy, yet involuntary, lifestyle.

Guess where all that ends up? Yep, you guessed it, our mouths. The poor diet also affects the taste of the beef due to the amount of stress and abuse the cow suffers from.

On the other hand, grass-fed beef has an immense amount of health benefits, including lower amounts of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories, yet, high in protein and omega 3s.  At first, grass-fed beef may seem a little “earthy” in flavor and less tender (but leaner) than factory farmed beef, but it’s nothing to fret about. It’s also a little darker in color so don’t be alarmed!

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Grass-fed cows also deliver better butter, milk, and cheese, in terms of flavor and health benefits, but this is for another conversation. For now, check out our blog on raw milk and cheddar cheese.

So, why the higher price? It’s not so much a high price to buy grass-fed beef, but instead, an extremely low and subsidized price to buy factory farmed meat. Factory farmed “farmers” are given an enormous subsidy to “farm” grain-fed cows. Grass-fed beef is not subsidized like grain-fed beef, causing the smaller farms that raise and sell grass-fed beef to charge an unsubsidized dollar amount.

A great way to support the grass-fed cause is to consistently buy grass-fed beef! Instead of buying factory farmed meat, start supporting small farms and farmers, the grass fed movement, and the local economy. Remember, every dollar you spend counts as a vote towards what you believe in.

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If all of this isn’t enough, check out this video. Cows love grass – it makes them happy.

 

If you’re new to the grass-fed world, take a gander at our meat counter. We get our grass fed beef from the Swartzentruber family who own Stony Mountain Ranch in Schuylkill County.

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