There are some who will never consider eating meat again based on what they've seen and read about conventional farms. I don't blame them. If that were my only option, I wouldn't eat meat either. Thankfully, that's not your only option. Instead, you can get safe, healthy meat from a local farm who raise their animals humanely, feed them what they were meant to eat, don't give them any hormones, antibiotics or other junk, and let them freely roam around on pasture.
Where to Buy Healthy Meat
Here's where to order safe, healthy meat online if you don't have a local source.
Pastured meats are so superior to other meats, that once you know more, it's all you'll want to feed your family…
All meats are not the same
Just keep in mind that there are big differences in meats. Kent and I rarely buy from local grocery stores anymore, or even from local meat markets, because each time I've asked where their meat comes from, the answer is either “we don't know”, or it goes something like this:
“Can you tell me where you get your beef?”
“Oh, it comes from a distributor down in Ohio somewhere.”
“Do you know where THEY get their meat?”
“I don't really know, from all over I guess…”
That's all it takes to convince me to avoid buying our meat there. I rarely even get past where their meat is from, to ask my other questions about what they're fed, or whether they're out on pasture, etc.
If you have a local source for quality meat, it's best to support your local farmer, but if not, ordering safe, healthy meat is a great option. I also get things from them that my local farmer doesn't have, like beef tallow to make the best fries ever! I'm also going to try (get this) Braunsweiger…yes, liver AND “head cheese” – sounds icky, I know, but if it actually tastes good, it's a great way to get more organ meats into our diets. (I'll let you know how it goes.)
More information to look over:
- The Amazing Benefits of Grass-fed Meats from Mother Earth News
- Mother Earth News: “Omega-3 fatty acids are another vital nutrient that’s diminished by a feedlot diet. Calves start losing their stores of omega-3s as soon as they start eating grain. By the time they’re ready for market, very little of this heart-healthy fat remains. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fat that appears to be a potent cancer fighter. CLA is higher in grazing animals than in feedlot animals. The longer the animals graze, according to a study published by the Journal of Animal Science, the higher the CLA content of their meat.”
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