Why should I buy “grass-fed beef”?

For many of us, the term “Grass-Fed” evokes mental images of happy cattle basking in the beautiful, blue skies of a wide-open range as they graze on verdant pastures. But the benefits of grass-fed meat don’t stop there -- not only is grass-fed beef more nutritious than grain-fed alternatives, but it is also much better for the environment and for the animals themselves.

Better Nutrition

If you’re a meat connoisseur, you may already know there is a slight difference in taste between grass-fed and grain-fed beef. The root of that flavor discrepancy? It’s all in the fats. Studies show that grass-fed beef has up to 3x more nutrients and up to 6x more omega-3 fatty acids than beef coming from corn-fed cattle because they do not fatten as quickly on a grass-only diet.

Grass-Fed Cattle Are Environmentally-Preferred

Most grain-fed animals live in small, crowded feedlots, which can lead to massive local pollution issues from the sheer output of concentrated waste. When grass-fed cattle are rotated on pastures, the animals trample their manure into the earth, leading to much healthier soil. The nitrogen contained in cow manure can also eliminate the need for synthetic fertilizers, thus improving the quality of run-off water. Additionally, when the cattle are able to roam freely, they stimulate the grasses which traps greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide underground, keeping it out of the atmosphere.

Improving Quality of Life for Livestock

Grass-fed cattle that spend their entire lives grazing on a pasture lead significantly better lives than their grain-fed counterparts who are often only given enough room to stand. 100% grass-fed animals have the freedom to wander as they please and socialize with other animals. Meat certifications such as GAP-Rated (which Pressery’s beef has!) require the animals spend at least ¾ of their lives on a range or pasture. These strict animal welfare standards also mean that the cows and calves must be kept together for at least 6 months before being weaned. Cows with better living conditions typically need little to no antibiotics and have more robust immune systems.

The Takeaway:

Check your labels before you buy. Look for 100% Grass-Fed (as opposed to grass-finished) and buy organic as often as possible to keep livestock, the environment, and your body as well-nourished as possible.