I was talking to a co-worker today about the pros and cons of organic meat, grass-fed cows, and GMO eating cows. I was telling him that Xan and I wanted to find a middle ground. Xan and I are not opposed to the cows being fed corn and we aren’t really concerned about making sure the cows are eating all organic products. We ARE opposed to the cows being fed beef and other animal by-products. I wanted to find a meat supplier that wasn’t organic, fed their cows some grass and some grain, but NO animal by-products.
He took me over to our meat selection and showed me our different types.
ORGANIC MEAT: I found this section kind of ironically funny. Did you know that many of the organic meats are coming from South America because they have large grasslands to allow their cattle to roam? Where do those grasslands come from? By burning down the Amazon forest… Does anyone else find that just a little bit funny? Not the burning of the Amazon, but the fact that the organic meat isn’t as fantastic as the consumers think. Not all organic meat comes from South America but you might want to check the labels to find the origin of the meat.
FOOD YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT: Wegmans has a label they use on many of their products called “Food You Feel Good About.” I LOVE Wegmans for it since many of these items such as salad dressings, pasta sauces, chips, ect will be artificial preservative free. 🙂 I learned today that their meat with this label means that there are no added hormones or anti-biotics and the cows are NOT fed animal by-products. Basically, it has what I’m looking for without the snazzy organic label. It is more expensive than regular meat but less expensive than organic.
REGULAR MEAT: Hard to not buy since it is the cheapest. But… these meats (poultry, pork, and beef) are more often fed animal by-products than not so I’m deciding to significantly decrease my purchases in this area. Not so sure that I’m going to refuse to eat out at a restaurant occasionally just because they serve regular meat though. My intolerance to artificial preservatives already limits my eating out consumption so I’m just going to continue my life in moderation.
LOCAL MEAT: I didn’t realize they had this section until today. We have a small freezer across from our meat department that contains frozen meats from local farmers. The prices are very similar to the Food You Feel Good About meats but maybe a tiny bit higher. Still cheaper than organic and it is supporting local farmers.
Seriously, I had no idea I had this many options when it came to buying meats at a grocery store.