“Most of the beef sold in stores today is from animals that are grain-fed, meaning they were fed corn and other grains over their lifetime, typically in a confined feedlot. Grass-fed beef, as its name implies, comes from animals that eat perennial grasses all their lives.”
WHY DOES THIS MATTER
1 : It’s good for the earth! Grass pastures are better for the soil and reduce flooding and pollution- laden run-off compared to other crops fed to the cows in feedlots.
2 : It’s good for the cows! Cows’ stomachs are not well suited to a diet of corn and other grains, leading to a sort of bovine heartburn, increased parasites, and eColi bacteria.
3 : It’s good for us, too! Grass-fed meat is higher in healthy omega-3s and up to four times higher in vitamin E. Grain-fed cows require the overuse of antibiotics, leading inevitably to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which gets passed along to humans. It’s a bit more expensive, so while we eat less of it, we can feel good about knowing we are supoorting a humane, health-promoting, environmentally responsible system of agriculture.
Source : MotherNatureNetwork.com