Grass-Fed Livestock: The Greener Choice for Dinner

Going green — By Stephanie on October 4, 2010 at 5:17 am
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Grass-fed beef is the greener choice

Not ready to go vegetarian to help the environment?  You don’t have to swear off meat, as long as you make the right choices concerning how your dinner was raised.  A green diet doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to fruits and vegetables…

Most of us are aware of the conditions at factory farms – packed feed lots with animals eating corn-based grains and getting pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones.

While the methane emissions clog the atmosphere, and petroleum-based fertilizers are used to grow the corn that’s not part of the animals’ natural diet, perhaps most concerning is the impact of eating farm-raised meat on our health.

Local, grass-fed livestock is the greener choice for dinner.  More and more ranchers are choosing to raise animals on pasture where they can graze on their natural diet of grass.  There is no use of corn, or soy additives and certainly no hormones to speed their maturation to the butcher block.

It is healthier for the animals, and certainly for consumers that are concerned about what they are ingesting.

Meat from grass-fed animals is less fatty – and better for you – than the marbled cuts you’ll find from quickly fattened livestock.  Grass-fed meat is leaner and has less fat, cholesterol and calories.  Not only that, but its higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, beta-carotene and vitamin E.

While you are getting more vitamins and no hormones, the livestock are having a much better life than their factory farm counterparts.  Roaming pasture, eating what nature intended them to, and allowing their manure to naturally act as organic fertilizer.

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How was your meat raised?

Buying locally-raised grass-fed meat is also a green choice, considering the reduced mileage from field to plate.  Less gas is required and fewer greenhouse gas emissions result.

See if local ranchers in your area are raising grass-fed livestock.  You can often order cuts directly from the ranch, instead of wondering whether cuts in the supermarket have been raised in a sustainable, healthy manner.

Have you ever tried grass-fed beef?  What do you think about including it as part of a green diet?

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