The Case for Grass-Fed, Organic Beef and Dairy: More than Pink Slime AvoidanceOle & Shaina Olmanson
Earlier this month Cooking Light posted their review of grass-fed versus grain-fed (or conventional) beef, breaking down the benefits for grass-fed, organic beef. It’s about that, and so much more.
A while ago we made a commitment to eating organic food. We shopped smart at the farmers market. We would look for ways to fit produce in the budget as we shopped at bulk stores. We purchased whole foods, and we made items from scratch. Still, the price differences on items like milk and meat were the last changes we made.
We had always purchased milk without rBGH, but the price difference to start buying organic kept us on the sidelines. The substantial increase in the cost of meat per pound did the same. Finally, we adjusted our diet, aiming for a diet of 85% plant and only 15% animal produce to help adjust for the cost. Why? Antibiotics. Hormones. Fillers.
Fillers 1 of 5With all the news of pink slime being spread like wildfire, avoiding strange fillers in my meat and dairy products is important. I don't want powdered milk or extra protein in my milk anymore than I want pink slime smashed into my cheeseburger.
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Counting Calories 2 of 5I'm not big on dieting, but the figure reported by Cooking Light hit me hard. If you eat 67 pounds of beef a year like the average American, you'll eat 16,642 more calories if that beef is conventional and not grass-fed.
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Hormones 3 of 5Growth hormones have no place in my food. rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone (made by Monsanto) is injected into cows to increase their milk output. It was approved in 1994 by the FDA even though Europe and Canada outlawed it. More hormones are added to help get beef bigger, faster. Hormones are not something I would inject my kids with, nor should they be in their food.
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Antibiotics 4 of 5Just like I don't feed my kids a daily dose of antibiotics, I don't want their food to be fed a preventative dose either. Antibiotic resistance is not something to mess with.
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Cost 5 of 5Sure, there is some sticker shock when you look at the price comparison of organic to conventional products, but when you shop smart, the difference won't be much at all. Buying a ½ cow once a year will actually save you $300 over buying the same cuts conventionally from your regular grocer. In kind, buying in bulk from warehouse stores or just opting for the large tub of Stonyfield yogurt can help you make up the price difference and get wholesome, organic products in your family.
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