Why Quality Grass Fed Meat Is A Key To Health
My most recent article on veggie burgers has sparked some very strong reactions online, mostly on Facebook. In How Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat Patties Are Killing You I talk about how these veggie burgers are far from healthy. Not because of some personal bias against veggie burgers. In fact, I order veggie burgers from time to time when I’m out, but they’re made on-site in the restaurant. My beef is with these products masquerading as health foods when they contain some of the worst edible ingredients available today.
So I get why people object to meat. Especially the commercially raised factory-farmed stuff. I’m against that too. However, I don’t replace it with something just as bad or worse. I look for the best alternatives.
All Meat Isn’t Created Equal
As previously mentioned, I don’t support factory farming or factory-farmed meat and poultry (or farmed fish). The industrial crops mentioned in How Impossible Burger And Beyond Meat Burgers Are Killing You and the linked Gylphosate article are what is fed to these cows, pigs, and other animals raised in these horrendous conditions. Corn and soy gives cows ulcers and makes them obese. The industry is concentrated on weight, not nutrient density or meat quality. More weight = more meat to sell, regardless of its quality.
Chicken feed is made up of grains and beans like soybeans and canola beans. which fatten them up, antibiotics so diseases don’t spread while they’re living in overcrowded conditions.
Now you’re ingesting these malnourished animals that fed on things that many people are allergic too like soy and wheat, but also contaminated with antibiotics/herbicides.
In addition to producing terrible quality meat and unhealthy animals, this system of monocropping commercial crops like soy to feed warehoused animals is destructive to the environment. Agriculture is destructive and so is warehousing animals in this way.
Real…Healthy..Meat And Poultry
The current mega agriculture, meat, and poultry businesses have abused the environment, animal, and human health for a long time. Which is why I’m glad to see that more and more, smaller local farm to table businesses like Butcher Box, have been popping up. Smaller farms that sell more expensive, high quality, pasture raised beef, chickens, and other animals. Pastures grow naturally, low maintenance needed. Animals get to roam freely and the end result is healthy and nutrient-rich meat, poultry, and eggs.
To highlight the contrast, look at this:
On the left you have pasture raised chickens and hens who are exposed to the sun, have space to roam around and free to graze on grass and insects . The right, the factory farmed chickens which are fed soybeans, corn with limited room to move, and only exposed to artificial lighting.
Nothing like organic chicken and pasture-raised hen eggs from a local farm of high quality and ethical standards.
The nutrient contents and their impact on human health are important. A number of studies have shown the grass fed beef has higher Omega-3 content, Vitamin A content and the meat itself contains less fat. Study. If you follow the blood-type diet and you’re a blood type O or B, this is the meat to eat. Here is a great article on the nutritional benefits overall : Dr. Axe.
Let’s talk about the ethical treatment of animals for a second. One of the most important aspects of these great small farms that focus on organic pasture-raised animals is that they’re living within their ecosystem. Whereas factory farms crowd animals in unnaturally and are fed unnatural commercial crops that are also grown through unnatural means. Monocropping is not natural, it’s a displacement of the natural ecosystem. So these companies grow all of these crops this way, to feed sickly and cramped animals to produce more and more meat, faster and faster.
It goes completely against the natural order.
Some people may push back and say eating animals is against nature. But humans are the number one predator on Earth. But we also think we’re too smart to ruin the natural order of things.
Small farms that raise animals in this way are living within and in accordance with nature. No land is abused, no animals are abused. This is why the meat is much more expensive (but worth every penny). Grass fed meat is the way to go.
Organic Meat Delivery
Because these farms are often direct sale only, unfortunately, supermarkets like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and other higher tier grocers still don’t have a big selection of pasture-raised animal products. But don’t despair, there are two outstanding companies where you can buy organic grass-fed meat online that deliver it right to your door. Each of these companies have different strengths and products unique to each one.
Crowd Cow features a wide selection of farm to table meats. Turkey, Lamb, Fish, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Waygu beef (exquisite). Each kind of meat is sourced directly from a small farm and each farm location is provided as well as that farm’s rating. You can even Google the location for a better look. Different subscription packages are available as well and orders over $99 are shipped free.
Crowd Cow Review
Outstanding quality, healthy meat, best of the best, limited selection.
User Review( votes)
Greensbury features a wider selection than Crowd Cow, prices are also generally better. But the meat in my experience is not as high quality. Greensbury sells bison and a wider selection of fish compared to Crowd Cow including shellfish. But they don’t sell Waygu beef. They also sell bones which can be used to make homemade bone broths which are incredibly nutritious, especially if you suffer from ailments like arthritis.
Wide selection, sells other products that bones for bone broth.
User Review( votes)
Both are shipped Ice packed and you’ll need some freezer storage space.
Less is actually more with these quality grass-fed meats. More nutrient density means you don’t have to consume as much to get the same results. That is kind of the ridiculousness of this all. The factory farm industry pumps animals full of hormones and feeds them fattening food stuffs, the result is more waste, pollution, and lower nutrient density.
Farming the right way leads to a healthy environment and healthy people. These two companies are two of the many great ones that have popped up in recent years that abide by natural laws and operate as a partner to and not a despotic ruler over the environment.