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Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grass-Fed Meat

GrassThe top reason why people don’t eat grass-fed meat is because they say it’s too hard to find.

We at Holben Valley Farm are doing our best to provide local outlets to purchase our delicious and nutritious grass-fed products to you and your family direct from the farm. You may always place an order by calling us at 610-298-2566. We even make pick-up easy by giving you the options to come directly to our farm in Weisenberg Township or on scheduled dates at Wrightstown Farmers Market or Doylestown Farmers Market.

So what’s the big deal? Why is it so important to choose grass-fed when buying meat?

We found this great list from the NRDC, a nonprofit whose mission is to safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

They explain that “grass-fed beef, as its name implies, comes from animals that eat perennial grasses all their lives. In contrast, ‘Grain-fed’ beef is what is most commonly sold in supermarkets. While all cattle are grass-fed at some point in their lives, conventionally raised cows spend the majority of their lives feeding on corn and other grains, typically in a confined feedlot.”

Here are their top 10 reasons to eat grass-fed meat:

1. Grass-fed animals don’t need the large quantities of antibiotics that feedlot cattle do.
2. Perennial grasses are better for soil.
3. Animals that are grass-fed their entire life are healthier–and their meat safer for you.
4. Grass-fed animals produce the right kind of fat.
5. The corn fed to feedlot cattle is fossil-fuel intensive and heavily subsidized.
6. Perennial pasture reduces flooding and pollution-laden runoff.
7. Perennial pasture is a carbon sink.
8. Modern grazing methods match the efficiencies of industrial-scale grain production.
9. Pastured animals are treated more humanely.
10. Grass-fed is more expensive.

Yes, you read that last one right, grass-fed beef is more expensive, but maybe as a result, we may eat less of it. The NRDC says “this is a good thing, actually, both for our health and for the environment. And honestly, feedlot beef is not really cheaper, not when you add the invisible costs: of antibiotic resistance, environmental degradation, heart disease, E. coli infection, corn subsidies, imported oil and so on.”

Read their full article here.

A reminder that supporting a local farm is not only gratifying in the sense that you are encouraging a farm to table culture, but it is one of the few ways that you can be sure about where your food comes from.

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