Is your grass-fed meat for real? How can you tell and does it matter?
We’ve uncovered the “big beef” about grass-fed beef. Check out our Arizona Local Grass Fed Beef Buying Guide below. As always, we are here to answer any questions!
The Grass-Fed Craze
Consumers have definitely heard the message that grass-fed beef is more healthful than the cheaper grain-fed alternative. So much so that clover munching beef sales in the United States have soared in the last two years. Heck…even Carl’s Jr offers a grass-fed burger. As localists… we think local grass-fed beef is best.
The Truth in Labeling
One thing to keep in mind as you are considering spending on average $4-$5 per pound more than conventionally grown beef is that the standard defining “grass-fed” is that the “the cow only ate grass and foraged plants from the time of weaning to processing” is only a voluntary regulation. If you are paying the premium, look for the American Grassfed Association Certificate. In order to display the logo, the farms are audited to ensure that the cows have eaten 100% foraged greens, been pastured and not confined, and never treated with hormones or antibiotics.
Locally Sourcing Made Easy
Beyond the certification, local grass fed beef is a great way to ensure authenticity. Options like Meat CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and local “whole animal selling” farmers give you an opportunity to talk directly and garner an idea of how the animals were raised.
What Matters Most
In the ever changing landscape of health food and buzzwords like, all natural, grass-fed, grass finished, free range, pastured, sustainably sourced, and countless others, “REAL FOOD” is what matters most!