Grass Fed Beef tastes better and is more healthy – unless it's been inspected in a Federal packing plant

Posted: February 2, 2010 by Thrivelearning in Lifestyle Choice
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Choice cuts of Grass Fed Beef taste better and are healthier for you – unless it’s Federally inspected, and then even Obama can’t keep you safe, despite all his bail-outs.

I’ve been assembling my notes on mob grazing and grassfed beef in order to get this all lined up for work this winter.

Some salient points:

  • It appears our e coli problems with beef were first noticed as coming from a corn-raised feedlot setup and has since been also noticed in grassfed beef.
  • But the trick is in how it’s processed, not what’s in that animal.
  • All the infections we’ve had in this country (as far as current research shows) were each USDA inspected.

One interesting quote comes from a NYT article, which tells about a person surviving the e coli infection to live a partially-paralyzed existence:

The frozen hamburgers that the Smiths ate, which were made by the food giant Cargill, were labeled “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties.” Yet confidential grinding logs and other Cargill records show that the hamburgers were made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin. The ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Uruguay, and from a South Dakota company that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria.

Four states and two countries. Nice work. All USDA inspected to begin with – but that infected manure found it’s way into the beef somehow.  Not to mention that the “fatty trimmings” are treated with ammonia before you get a chance to eat it…

Look: know your farmer and know your processor. Your safest route is to trace your own beef.

And also, it’s actually cheaper to buy it direct from the farmer. Ask Joel Salatin.

This week’s articles are pretty interesting along this line:

Grass Fed Beef Still Has E. Coli Danger : Eat. Drink. Better. by John Chappell The benefits of organic and grass fed beef have been well documented. Numerous studies have shown that organic and grass fed beef has significantly higher levels of Omega 3s and lower levels of saturated fats than conventionally …

A Myth of Grass-Fed Beef « by Phil Reid This claim, which has become a mantra in sustainable agriculture, is more often than not dispatched to rally support for grass-fed beef—a supposedly healthier and more environmentally sound way to feed cattle—which is to say, …

Grass Fed Beef Education Week by Annette This weeks postings will be about grass fed beef. We have grass fed beef for sale. We tried the hamburgers tonight and they are Tasty! The meat is very lean and has a great beef flavor. We’ve been told that grass fed beef needs to be …

What Ever Happened to the Venerable Hamburger? Huffington Post (blog) – ?2 hours ago? Choose organic meat, or grass fed beef and you’ll be glad you learned to make your own chopped meat, because while the flavor is flawless, this meat can be …

Choice cuts: Dungeness farm putting grass-fed beef on local market Peninsula Daily – Diane Urbani de la Paz – ?Jan 31, 2010? Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News LOCALLY RAISED GRASS-FED beef is available from the Clark family farm, 322 Clark Road, Sequim, …

Pasture to plate | Area consumers’ desire for local foods spurs an entrepreneur. The Register-Guard – Tim Christie – ?Jan 30, 2010? Mike Wooley, owner of Long’s, said the grain-fed beef from Oregon Natural Meats will complement the grass-fed beef he carries. …

Beware the Myth of Grass-Fed BeefCows raised at pasture are not immune to … Slate – James E. McWilliams – ?Jan 22, 2010? Grass-fed beef should account for 10 percent of America’s beef consumption overall by 2016, she says—a more than threefold increase from 2006. …

When a mob is profitable – grazing because they like it that way. I’ve been doing my homework lately on mob grazing and Missouri grass fed beef cattle – so thought to let you know what I’ve come up with. Here’s some PDF’s for you…

Not just a board game: Live for Others in order to Improve Your Own Life Some rules to moving your lifestyle choice pieces – you only help yourself by helping others. Any success you look for, find for others first – and then yours arrives faster…

More about moving to Mob Grazing from conventional farming Still working to improve the profits on my grass fed beef cattle. Here’s a post about moving to mob grazing from conventional practices, some tips and results…

Eat your own cooking, drink your own Kool-Aid: part 3 How the government has it wrong – everything valuable isn’t always taxable. Why the poor in pocket aren’t necessarily poor in spirit. Living affluent cheaply…

Making Missouri Mob Grazing pay – a laundry list Some pointers from a 2000 mob grazing presentation by Greg Judy of Columbia, Missouri – how to raise grass-fed beef cattle simply and cheaply.

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