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Why Grass Finished Meats?

Why should you buy grass finished meats?

Grilled steak on a wood platterIt is well-known that conventional methods of raising animals for food are inhumane and bad for the environment. What’s not as well-known is the fact that conventional meat is detrimental to our health. In the US, between 70%-80% of all antibiotics distributed are fed to farm animals to ward off disease in grossly overpopulated lots, and help contribute to faster growth of muscle by killing certain gut bacteria. This is a dangerous practice, and can lead to development of drug-resistant bacteria.

Synthetic hormones are also used in the meat and dairy industry to speed up weight gain to create more meat, and increase milk production in dairy cows. These hormones in meat can trigger the same effects as taking them would, in people who consume conventional animals. There is serious concern that long-term exposure to these synthetic estrogens can increase the risk of breast cancer. rBGH is another farming hormone implicated in increased risk of cancer, and until it can be proven safe, needs to be avoided.

In addition to the nasty stuff they inject into these animals, conventional practices involve feeding unnatural diets. They determine what to feed the animals based on the lowest cost options and its ability to fatten up livestock. Grains like corn and wheat help to fatten animals up quicker than natural diets, and are sprayed with pesticides to increase crop yield and keep prices low. This results in contaminated meat that is high in omega-6 fatty acids, which promote inflammation in our bodies.

Organic, grass-finished animals are raised grazing on natural plant-based materials (which ruminants like cows are meant to) and free from antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. This meat is higher in omega-3 fats, and helps to reduce inflammation in our bodies.

Yes. Grass-finished meats are more expensive that conventional meats, but there are definitely ways to make it work with your budget. I love ButcherBox for the convenience and price, and natural food stores usually have grass-finished options. If you have a large freezer, you can even find a local farmer to sell you larger quantities of meat for significantly less money than you’d pay in stores.

Where do you buy your grass-fed meat? Comment and let us know!

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