Human Health Benefits
Benefits to Animals
Sustainable ranching and mob grazing practices utilized on our farm, help keep cattle, air, land, and water healthy and can lower our carbon footprint.
Following are some of the many benefits:
Grassfed Beef has:
- Less total fat
- More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
- More conjugated linoleic acid (a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks)
- More antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E
Read more about the health benefits of grassfed beef at www.eatwild.com and the book Grassfed Basics by Jo Robinson
Consumers' concern about the safety of their meat has risen as multiple beef recalls have made the news in recent months. However the latest recalls making the headlines are nothing new; between Jan. 1, 1994 and Nov. 31, 2007, roughly 800 separate company recalls took place- equivalent to over 300 million lbs. of meat and poultry products. Nearly all were caused by two types of bacteria: Listeria and E. coli.
At the heart of the problem is the standard industry practice of raising and processing animals at the fastest rate and lowest cost. With over 80 percent of meat in the United States coming from mass production units, consumer fears may be justified. Fortunately, an alternative exists. Studies show that meat from grassfed cattle is less likely to harbor dangerous bacteria.
(Source: animalwelfareapproved.org; for more info read AWA's Grassfed Primer)
Cows are ruminants, which means that they are mammals that are able to acquire nutrients from plant based food by fermenting it in a specialized stomach prior to digestion, primarily through bacterial actions (source www.wikipedia.org).
Animals raised on pasture are consuming food their body was designed to digest in a natural environment that allows them to have natural animal behaviors. Animals raised on lush, green pasture experience significantly less stress over the course of their lives. Animals are not overcrowded, they're able to exercise, and they can act on natural instincts. Pastured animals also move frequently to new grass, enjoy clean and spacious environments thus are less likely to become ill or contract diseases.
Cattle grazed on green pasture experience immune-boosting effects, a healthier heart, fewer tumors, lower blood pressure, and a longer life. Because pasture fed cattle are not raised in confinement, they are not subject to the manure concentrations, cramped living conditions, and high disease pressures associated with feedlots. This eliminates the need for chemicals and antibiotics to keep them healthy, thus they can't be passed on to us (source p. 236 Ruechel, Grassfed Cattle).
A grass-based production system:
- Encourages biodiversity
- Improves soil fertility
- Eliminates the waste-management problems associated with confinement feeding operations.
- Reduces greenhouse gases in the air due to carbon sequestration
- Helps keep farms in business, as opposed to being developed for other uses.
(Source: Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook. For more detailed info read AWA publication A Breath of Fresh Air, The truth about pasture-based livestock production and environmental sustainability at animalwelfareapproved.org)
Although grass-based farming is more labor intensive, farm inputs are kept to a minimum such as fossil fuels, thus significantly reducing farmers' expenses. Farmers are able to get a fair price for their product when they sell to informed, socially responsible consumers who are willing to pay the true cost of their food rather than relying on artificial price supports for the grain used to produce conventionally raised meat. This means family farms can enjoy a fair return or their labor. Small-scale family farms are locally owned and operated and contribute in numerous ways to their community. They hire local workers, contract with local service providers, purchase local goods, and participate in local activities that makes them invested in their community.
(Source: Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Grassfed 101)
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human to human, but human to other forms of life."