The largest area of American agriculture relates to meat production. For some people, beef is their meat of choice. They may want to eat the tastiest steaks but are unsure where to get them.
In recent years there has been much publicity about humane farming and the dangers of using chemicals on animals and their food. Anyone who wants to eat responsibly reared meat may struggle to know where to get it from. We will now look at the benefits of cows eating grass and how to ensure our steaks come from those animals.
Buy Direct from Farms or Special Online Companies
With a little research, this can be the best way to secure tasty meat that was responsibly reared. The farmers will either sell their meat directly or do it via suppliers.
Helpful information on providers can also be found on the American Grassfed Association and the eatWILD website.
Read Online Review Sites
When professionals assess online meat providers, it can be a rich resource for responsible buyers. As evidence, the review about U.S. Wellness Meats assesses the pros and cons of their service, which can be helpful for people who are looking for genuine grass-fed cattle and free-range meat. Potential buyers want to know that sustainable farming practices were used. With professional reviews, they can be reassured when farms are confirmed to have used no hormones or antibiotics on their animals. In many cases, it is small farms that have followed this practice.
Beware of Supermarkets
In America, the majority of the beef in supermarkets will not be grass-fed. This can make it hard to find. In some cases, there will be stickers to help someone choose. If there are none, it’s a given that the animal will have been grain-fed. As a result, the cow would probably have been given synthetic chemicals, such as additives, antibiotics, and steroids. In some cases, the meat can become carcinogenic (cancer-inducing) if consumed by humans.
If foreign meat is imported into the USA, it may boast that the animals were ‘grass-fed’ or ‘grass-finished’. Logistically it is very hard for the American authorities to be able to substantiate all these claims.
Why The Meat Tastes Better
When cows are ‘grass-fed’, this means they are fed on grass and forage, and they consume it outdoors. When they are grain-fed, they consume food that is unnatural for them. As a result, it makes them vulnerable to bacteria and disease.
Grass-fed cows will be healthy because they are not fat but have lean muscles. Their muscle fibers and fat will have more nutrients inside. This will include CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Omega-3 fatty acids (five times more than if the animal had been grain-fed!)
There is a discernible texture difference between meat from grass-fed and grain-fed cows. The former tastes leaner and less fatty and is chewier to eat. It is more natural in its taste too.
When a good purchase has been made, it will have been a moral decision that supports farmers with a conscience. It will be comforting to know that the animals were treated and fed well. It won’t be just an environmental decision, however, as the grass-fed flavor will speak for itself. Enjoy!
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