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Benefits of Grass Fed Beef
Grass Fed Beef is not only delicious, it's better for you, better for
the animals, and better for the environment than industrial beef.
BENEFITS FOR YOUR HEALTH  Beef produced naturally from pasture raised cattle is
safer, healthier, and more nutritious than grain fed beef.  Not only is it free of antibiotics and
added hormones, it's lower in cholesterol, calories, and fat, including the saturated fats linked
with heart disease.  Research shows it's higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and has
a more desirable omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.  Studies also show it's higher in conjugated
linoleic acid (another beneficial fatty acid), beta-carotene, and vitamins A and E.  In addition,
100% grass fed cattle have no risk of contracting bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or
mad cow disease) because their diets contain no animal byproducts, and some studies show
they also have significantly lower  levels of E. coli bacteria.
BENEFITS FOR THE ANIMALS  Cattle evolved to eat grass and other forms of forage,
such as
 hay.  When cattle are grass fed in open pastures, rather than grain fed in feedlots,
they are eating their natural diet and living in the natural environment which is best suited to
their biology. In this setting, there is no need for the chronic antibiotics required by industrially
raised cattle.  In addition, our herd is carefully managed using only low stress handling
techniques.  These practices result in healthy and humanely treated animals.
BENEFITS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Locally produced grass fed beef is friendly to the
environment.  Our pastures are fertilized naturally and organically by the grazing animals.  
Small herds of pastured animals don't create the waste management problems associated
with large scale confinement-feeding operations, and there are lower levels of greenhouse
gases in the air.  Also, there's a marked reduction in the amount of fossil fuel used: animals
aren't shipped to feedlots, their food isn't grown elsewhere and shipped to them, and the
beef produced isn't then shipped long distances to consumers.  Finally, when local farms are
viable, the land is preserved as green space.
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Suggested Books
The Omnivore's Dilemma
A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
Penguin Books (2006)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:
A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Perennial (2008)
Pasture Perfect
by Jo Robinson
Vashon Island Press (2004)
In Defense of Food
An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Pollan
The Penguin Press (2008)
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