There are many reasons to switch to grass-fed beef.
For a start, it’s better quality than standard corn-fed beef and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, antibiotics or hormones – and it’s a lot tastier too!
But did you know that the good aspects of grass-fed and free range meat begin well before it even arrives at the stores?
The difference lies in how these animals are treated in their lifetime.
You may have heard this term bandied about among organic and animal welfare advocates, but what does it really mean, and why is it so important that cows are fed this way?
If your meat is labelled as “grass-fed”, it means that the animal it comes from enjoyed a natural grass diet.
Although pumping cows with growth hormones and antibiotics – on top of an artificial corn or grain based diet – may make them larger, it is not a diet suited to their unique four-stomach structure.
A steady supply of fresh grass means that cows live happy and healthier lives, which is translated into a healthier nutrient content in both their meat and milk, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Choosing grass-fed meat will give you the assurance that the animal ate exactly what it wanted to eat while it was alive.
Anyone who owns a dog will know that these pets need plenty of daily exercise and open areas to frolic in. The same applies to farm animals.
Free range animals, including cows, are not confined to restrictive buildings and are instead free to roam around, eating all the grass they please while having the chance to stretch their legs.
So next time you’re planning to prepare a delicious steak, keep the welfare of animals in mind and choose grass-fed or organic beef!