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Mar 10, 2007 04:53 PM

If you've read Omnivore's Dilemma...

...and you still want to order meat out and prepare it at home, then can you give me any recs for where to go in LA to eat and/or buy good meats.

thanks in advance

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    1. Trader Joes has grassfed beef. The brand is usually Western Grasslands. The varieties/cuts aren't always predictable, but it's usually pretty good. I also buy only Alaskan salmon, which is always wild. Another source of clean meat is Australia/New Zealand lamb. I occasionally buy grassfed bison at my local farmer's market. I also know someone who hunts and fishes, and is very careful about packing and transporting the meat. I always say yes when he's offering bass or venison. I ordered some locally raised organic chickens one time through a place online. Google Local Harvest. The chicken was good, but expensive. I only ordered it once.

      I'm not as on top of things when eating out. Lamb is probably the cleanest thing in most places. Most salmon is Atlantic (farmed), and I won't touch that. Otherwise, organic/free range meat is usually found only at really high-end places.

      I read Omnivore's Dilemma, also, and try to shop as local and non-factory as possible. In addition to the meats above, I avoid dairy with hormones and get virtually all my produce at a certified farmer's market.

      Hope this was helpful.

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        1. I will just echo Vickib's response and add that grassfed beef can be ordered online and I believe I have seen it on occasion at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays.

          Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore's Dilemma maintains a website and posts have included his correspondence with Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey about US Grass Fed Beef and the lack thereof at his stores.

          1. There's a meat guy at the Santa Monica farmer's market on Saturdays. I'm not sure if it's grass-fed though, I've never checked it out. It's in the organic section though.