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Gaga Over Grass Fed (Beef)

Gaga Over Grass-fed

by Jennifer
on 08/11/12 at 12:00 PM
Is grass-fed meat the new “must have” for the foodie in the know? I think it is.
First off, grass-fed meat just tastes better, it has more umami or savory taste that every beef lover
hankers for.
Also I love it, because it’s a leaner cut that still tastes rich.
I grew up eating red meat, just like most Pittsburghers of Hungarian
descent–and it’s still soul food for me. And yes, it’s still part of my healthy
In fact, I enjoy it three times a month, in 4- to 5-ounce portions. But does
going grass-fed take it to a new level in terms of health? So I started thinking
about the science behind the beef.
The Happiness Diet by Dr. Drew Ramsey, is a wonderful read that maps out the
biochemical effect of food compounds on brain health. He says “you get a special
fat that grass-fed cows make called CLA which appears to both fight belly fat
and cancer.”
And grass-fed meat contains more vital omega-3 fatty acids vs corn-fed beef
(that is higher in omega-6).
If grass-fed makes it into your grocery cart, you can certainly expect to pay
more. Per pound, grass-fed New York Strip can be anywhere from $8 to $10 more a
pound, so I treat my steak nights as a splurge. I buy one steak and split it
after cooking to get the perfect size portion for two people.
Looking for the grass-fed goods in your neighborhood? Visit American Grass
Fed Association
and try my delicious favorite steak recipe with grass-fed meat.
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Grass Fed Beef Is Better

8 Comments 6 June 1:52

Research reveals that grass-fed beef is better for people and the environment

Feeding cattle on grass throughout their lifecycle is the most environmentally sustainable way to rear beef, according to new research for the National Trust.

One of the biggest global challenges is how to increase food security whilst reducing the environmental impacts of food production. livestock – such as cattle  and sheep – produce high levels of methane as part of the process of digesting grass. This has led to suggestions that intensive production methods – where  cattle are fed largely on cereals, producing less methane – should be preferred over more traditional grass fed livestock farming.

However, in a report issued today, research at 10 Trust farms shows that while the carbon footprint of grass-fed and conventional farms were comparable, the carbon sequestration contribution of  well-managed grass pasture on the less intensive systems reduced net emissions by up to 94 per cent, even resulting in a carbon ‘net gain’ in upland areas. The farms that had recently converted to  organic status showed even greater gains. Rob Macklin, National Agriculture and Food Adviser at the National Trust, said: “The results are contrary to recent thinking that livestock farming methods must intensify further in order to lessen carbon emissions to feed an ever-increasing world population.” “Maximising carbon efficiency alone is  too simplistic. Many less intensive livestock systems would be classed ‘inefficient’ on the carbon emission scale, yet are much less reliant on artificial inputs and tend to have less impacts on  water quality, loss of soil organic matter and reduced biodiversity. “We believe that optimised beef production – deliberately accommodating less than maximum output in order to secure stronger and  broader ecosystem protection – is the best sustainable use for the grasslands in our care.

Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at the National Trust, said: “This research is incredibly timely. Policy makers across Europe and in the UK are having to tackle the issue of  carbon-efficient food production right now. The debate is all about bringing broader public benefits to the fore alongside food production and this research demonstrates how extensive, grass-fed  beef should be at the heart of discussions.

“We need to find new market mechanisms which reward optimised rather than maximised beef production and as bodies like the Government’s Ecosystem Markets Task Force gather their thoughts we think  this research demonstrates an area which is due some real focus. Current Common Agricultural Policy reform discussions can also benefit from understanding what this research is telling us and, as  the reform drives towards even stronger ‘greening’ of the payments farmers receive, we think management that delivers quality, grass-fed beef should be encouraged even more through agri-environment measures.

“We’ll be taking the findings forward with our tenants, policy makers and the industry to explore how we can develop a market advantage which supports a stronger grass-fed beef sector”.

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3 Comments 19 April 18:58

How high is the water mama?

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1 Comments 19 April 18:56

We have great cows!

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