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Jul 3, 2009 09:22 AM

Grass Fed Beef?

I don't know if this is exactly a "craving", but recently I have both read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and seen "Food, Inc". I really want to avoid meat from the factory-type operations shown in the movie, but I am not a vegetarian, so I need to get some meat! I did buy beef that was "grass and grain" fed in my supermarket, but I don't know how much better that was. Since I live in the 'burbs, I don't have easy access to farmer's markets that feature meat products. My on-line search shows that I can order from out-of-state farms, but I would much prefer something more local that does not involve freezing the food and transporting it great distances. Does anyone have any ideas? I work in downtown Bklyn, but our market is also only veggies/bread/flowers.

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  1. This is what I managed for my weekend barbeque: hotdogs from Trader Joe's w/o nitrates/nitrites and bison burgers from my local supermarket - the label said no hormones or antibiotics, but I don't know what the beef was fed. there must be more ways to eat healthy around here..........

    1. Where do you live? There's a lot of 'burbs out there! Check out the website for the Weston Price Foundation (very into healthy raised animals for eating) and the Eat Wild website. Keep in mind that no meat raised in the northeast is going to be 100% grass fed because there's no grass in the winter months. The animals are eating hay/silage. Do you have a car? What's your preferred mode of transport? There may be sources closer than you think. Seek and ye shall find! Consider joining a CSA as some may have access to meat.

      1. Mail order:

        It is inexpensive, but it comes frozen.

        1. It's certainly a craving of mine! Grass fed beef is absolutely delicious! The distinction is less pronounced in "grass and grain" fed, so you're doing the right thing by avoiding the grain finished stuff. (Not to mention all the issues associated with factory farming that are enumerated in Pollan's books, etc.) Just make sure you don't overcook it. As sjz points out, you didn't say which 'burb you're in, but you might want to check out the Eat Well Guide at Enter your zip code and you might just find what you're looking for!