Some of our supermarkets are now carrying some choices in many of the meats. You see labels such as "farm raised", "free roaming", "organic raised", and one I want to discuss today, "grass fed beef".
Basically, most beef we buy today has evolved from small farm businesses to large production farms. These large beef farms raise cattle as quickly as possible and are often inhumane. In order for rapid growth, cattle are fed a mix of corn, soy, grains and supplements like hormones and antibiotics. Of course this ends up in our own bodies and some researchers and scientists believe is the cause of some chronic illnesses that have increased rapidly over the last several decades. Grass and hay fed beef is their natural diet and is better for our bodies and society in general in the following ways.
Grass fed beef has less fat and more omega 3 fats (good fat). A 6oz grass fed tenderloin has 92 fewer calories than grain fed. It does not contain unnatural hormones or antibiotics. They are raised in a more natural and humane environment. The meat is tastier. It is better for our environment (requires a long explanation - just trust me on this one). You can opt to buying beef directly from local small farmers which helps your local economy.
There is a downside to this however. Grass fed beef is usually more expensive. This is due to the fact that large cattle farms have made strides in lowering the cost of feed, but is not necessarily healthy for us. There are some options you can consider to lower your cost. One is to buy a cow directly from you local farmer to have butchered. This is economical, but requires a large freezer. You can find a buddy to share a cow with. Or, you can pay a little extra for better nutrition and better quality all around.