ORGANIC LIFESTYLE BEEF | GRASS FED BEEF? One of the significant cornerstones of the Organic Lifestyle is Organic Lifestyle Beef. It is representative of a mission to raise healthier less chemically-contaminated cows.
However, not every cow raised on the pasture is USDA Certified Organic, and not every organic cow is fed a 100% grass diet or allowed unlimited access to the range.
“Where does Organic Lifestyle Beef come from”? “What is Grass Fed Beef”? Let’s find out whether it is Organic Beef or Grass Fed Beef for you and how to choose.
To start, it is important to understand what each label means, and how they each impact the health of you and your family. This will help your education and safety as we continue to develop our Organic food education.
Grains are higher in calories, and encourage the cows to grow much faster and cheaper. Grass is much higher in key nutrients like Omega-3s and B vitamins. This results in steak that are leaner, healthier, and are much more flavorful. This is why grass-fed meats are highly recommended by the Paleo Diet.
For a more extensive look at the benefits of grass fed beef, click here.
Cows cannot be confined in a feedlot for any extended period of time. Besides they cannot be over-crowded or kept in unsanitary conditions. Also, they cannot be directly or indirectly exposed to artificial pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, or other synthetic contaminants. Click here for more on the meaning and benefits of organic beef.
The question still remains Organic or Grass Fed Beef? Most consumers feel they are the same or close. Are they thinking anything is healthier than conventional methods such as a feedlot. Is that all that matters? What is the difference?
There are differences. If labeled as grass fed it means that they are fedexclusively grass, hay and forage. Absolutely no grain at all. The grass or hay may contain pesticides and the cows could have antibiotics or hormones. For these reasons Grass-fed does not mean or qualify for organic or organic certification.
On the other hand Organic cows are fed organic feed that may include grain (organic). There are many farms that will keep the cows on grass most of the year. If weather requires shelter or grass is not accessible it then requires supplemental organic feed.
The Organic Certification requires easy outside access for the cows which has to be documented. Organic cows cannot be given antibiotics or growth-enhancing hormones, pesticides. No fertilizers have been used on the farm land within the last three years.
There are nearly 100 million cows in the US. Nearlyall of them are kept in confined areas (feedlots). They’re fed a grain diet selected for price rather than nutrition.
The close proximity increases the sickness for every cow. This causes most farmers to treat antibiotics routinely. Dangerous hormones are used to increase growth and milk production. The results are a cheaper price at the market. Consequently, it compromises the health of those who choose this product.
The antibiotics and hormones can be traced and found in every sip of milk or every bite of beef. A trail of future issues. Although this is the norm, it is far from the best.
ORGANIC LIFESTYLE BEEF | GRASS FED BEEF?
We get to make our choices daily for our health. Conventional beef and meat have been a well studied factor in countless health concerns. Nearly all have involved catastrophic diseases.
Many are beginning to consider new choices in how they look at their meat consumption. That is an individual choice like any other. I know one choice for sure, the cows would vote NO FEED LOTS. I have never seen a cow dancing in a feedlot.
Make your choices carefully. Education is the key. Have a Healthy Day.