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Farmed Meats Difference between pasture raised & free range

Big farm and food industry companies will market to you in anyway in order for you to buy their meat products.

They cut corners and bend the rules so that they can be somewhat honest about what they want to get out to you.

It turns out that there are many ways for them to trick you into thinking that the meat you are buying is the best kind, with cattle roaming in grass on there packages or the put information that makes it sound really good.

I know it is hard to figure out what all the labels mean and I know it can be difficult to figure out what you should buy. You may see the following labels:

  • Free Range
  • 100% natural
  • Organic
  • Farm Fresh
  • Grass-Fed
  • Pasture-raised
  • Cage free

To get right to the point, when reading the labels, the ones that matter are Pasture-raised and 100% grass fed. Making sure that both of these are on the label will confirm to you that is the product you should buy.

 

WHY Pasture raised and Grass-Fed?

If you think about it, many say we are what we eat so then we must be what our animals eat then. Does that make sense?

So if you buy meat that eats grain and corn, then you are getting what they eat instead of grass and other food that they get when they roam the fields.

This is why it is really important that we find out where and how the food we eat is farmed and raised. This has a direct affect on our health.

What is the difference between pasture raised and free range?

For starters poultry is mostly not free range.

There are different industry standards for different animals, but in the case of hens, for example – according to the USDA, the definition for ‘free range’ is that birds are required to have ‘access to the outdoors.’

For example, the birds might be able to access the outdoors by sticking just their heads through what’s known as a “pop hole.” This means they might sometimes see the outdoors, but can’t roam freely or, in some cases, at all.

In addition to that hens might be stacked on top of one another. Furthermore – and more to the point – it doesn’t guarantee that these birds are consuming their natural diet of grasses and proteins – instead, they’re fed lectin-rich grains.

Pasture raised hens are in a farm where the farmer is required to limit his count to 1000 birds for every 2.5 acres. Also pasture-raised hens have to go through field rotation which is mandatory. This means the hens can eat fresh, living grass every day!

Chickens enjoy feasting on lots of grass, bugs, worms, and whatever they can forage in the dirt. Chickens are omnivorous so they each more than just grass so labeling just grass-fed does not really associate with them in the situation but other animals it does.

Beef and other meats

With beef and other meats you have to look for 100% grass fed label vs just the “grass fed”.

So, when it comes to beef, there’s a huge difference in a steak that came from a cow that grazed on grass and a steak made from an animal raised in a stockyard.3It starts with the difference in the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats.

Turns out, omega-6 fats are usually inflammatory, and omega-3 fats are usually anti-inflammatory. Stockyard feed – aka corn and soy – contains primarily omega-6 fats, while grass is high in omega-3 fats. But there’s more to it – that same soy and grain makes cows much fatter than the equivalent number of calories in grass does. And, it has the same effect on us when we eat that beef.

Harsh Reality

The American farmland is often inhumane and chemically intensive method of raising food in gigantic animal production facilities impacts our health.

You have to try to focus on buying products that are pasture-raised and 100% grass fed. This will then give our bodies proper nutrients and health food. We will then support ethical and cruelty-free treatment of animals.

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