Benefits of grass fed beef
Better for your body
One of the most notable benefits of grass fed beef is that it has an ideal ratio of omega; grass-fed beef has an omega 6:3 ratio of 0.16 to 1, while grain fed beef can often have an omega 6:3 ratio higher than 20:1. The ratio of fats in grass-fed beef is perfect for our bodies and lower in saturated fat than grain-fed beef.
Another benefit of grass fed beef is something called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. Ruminants that are raised on grass have three to five times more CLA than animals that are raised on grain. Studies have shown that CLA has antioxidant properties, and has even been known to prevent some forms of cancer. This powerful information is just another reason to introduce grass fed beef into everyday diets.
Grass fed beef also has higher levels of beta carotene and vitamin E.
Better for cattle
Conventional feedlots often house less-than-favorable conditions for cattle. Since so many cattle are raised at the same time, it’s not unusual for their waste to be left untended and diseases to fester unnoticed. Since they are not fed a natural diet, cattle on grains often have problems with the pH balance in their rumens and can develop ruminitis, liver abscesses, or acidosis. Quick cattle processing can often mean less humane slaughtering methods, as well.
Our cattle have the opportunity to eat exactly what thier rumens were created to eat – grass! They are moved daily to provide them with fresh pasture and a clean place to sleep. Two things thier conventional partners never get to experience.
Better for the land
In addition to the health benefits of grass fed beef, it’s also better for the environment. First and foremost, cattle raised on pastures use far less fossil fuels since they harvest and fertilize the grass. Feedlot cows are fed corn and grains which are fertilized with precious fossil fuels, and are often sprayed with pesticides. Rain runoff from the manure of feedlot cows can spread pesticides and antibiotics to other farms, crops, and public water sources.
Studies have also shown that pastured animals can help reduce soil erosion and even reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While grass-fed cattle produce more methane than grain fed cattle, pastures and paddocks create a phenomenon called “carbon sequestration” which offsets the amount of methane released by cows in the fields. Pastured cows also release less ammonia in their waste, which further protects the atmosphere.