In case you've missed the recent craze about grass-fed beef, we're here to answer your questions about why grass-fed beef is better than grain fed. We enlisted the knowledge of the experts at Greensbury Market to give us the scoop. Greensbury is a delivery service for grass-fed beef, organic meat, and wild seafood! Over the past decade, they have hand-picked quality products from the best U.S. organic farms, ranches, and fisheries.
Is grass-fed really healthier than grain fed? Read more and you'll find out.
In the years after World War II, the world economy was booming and industries had to work to keep up with skyrocketing consumer demand. The focus was on productivity, and the United States’ agricultural sector, in particular, was greatly affected by the development of new technologies to increase output. It was in the 1950s that beef surpassed pork as the most consumed meat in the U.S., and the beef industry had to find new ways to meet that demand. It was found that a corn-based diet fattened the cattle more quickly and the resulting meat was of higher quality than that of grass-fed cattle, which was a great benefit to the cattle industry, as cattle fed on corn did not require large tracts of land for grazing and they could be fed corn year-round. By the 1970s, corn became the preferred diet and beef production was at an all-time high and the cost of beef was at an all-time low.
With popular lifestyles like Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, and Whole30, there has been a growing demand for a return to raising cattle on a strictly grass-fed diet, as claims arise that grass-fed beef is healthier for consumers and more sustainable for the environment.
Why is Grass Fed Beef Better Than Grain Fed?
Cattle that are corn-fed are typically kept in animal feeding operations (AFOs) where massive amounts of cattle are confined to a relatively small space where they not only eat, but defecate and occasionally expire. These conditions are rife with health risks for the cattle and thus require the use of antibiotics, whereas grass-fed cattle raised in a pasture are able to roam freely without the risk of exposure to pathogens sometimes found in AFOs. Consumers of corn-fed beef consume small doses of those antibiotics, which has been cited as a potential cause for the rise in antibiotic-resistant illnesses, among other health concerns.
The Benefits of Grass Fed Beef:
- Naturally free of added antibiotics and hormones
- Contain higher concentrations of healthy vitamins and Omega-3s
- Lower fat content than corn-fed beef
What makes Greensbury Market special:
- Its cattle are raised on small, family-run farms where they enjoy a grass-fed and grass-finished diet. They freely roam and are fed only grass and forage for their entire lives.
- Its organic meat satisfies all USDA organic regulatory standards. This means our cattle have year-round access to the outdoors, are never subject to genetic engineering, are fed certified organic feed, and raised on certified organic land.
- Its bison is sourced from a family owned and operated ranch in Colorado whose core beliefs are “Always be ethical. Always be accountable. and Always be dependable.”; The bison are raised free-range, grass-fed and are never given antibiotics, hormones or other stimulants; For those looking for leaner meat, bison is leaner than beef and higher in protein. It is also a great source of vitamin B12, Zinc and Iron;
- Its organic meat and grass-fed beef are free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics.
- Its seafood is sourced from oceans and fisheries that are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated either “Green” or “Yellow” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
- They source their beef from Ohio and Texas, poultry from Virginia, bison from Colorado, pork from Pennsylvania, lamb from Colorado, finfish, like Halibut, from Alaska, and shellfish from Florida, Maine and South Carolina.
For those that are interested in purchasing high quality grass-fed beef, Greensbury Market offers a range of beef products with these health benefits, ensuring customers consume products without synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics from animals fed a 100% vegetarian (grass-fed) diet, investing in the health of cattle and, in turn, the customer.
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