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Yes, I am more aware of the quality decline, recently; and watch with discussed as value shifts from ‘food safety’ to ‘profit margin’ in a heart beat. I do not buy meat of pink slime nature. The bad side effects settle in me as a scream, a ‘no more bad stuff’ message that pains me for days after one meal sometimes one bite. The foreign matter of artificial ingredients and chain of ecology of them to my table and claim natural ingredients is a lie. The higher omega-3s per ounce from organic may also drop and suffer for this alteration of motivation. When the market finds a way to corrupt; it will. Not everyone realizes the true value of good food for good health until it is gone. I am sensitive to corn oats wheat and soy. The grain added and the turn from copasetic cow gut to pustule blisters and ulcerated damage is possible in the last 30 days of a feed program in an animal’s life. This loss of comfort and decline in the cows’ over all health taints the meat quality and flavor.

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Thank you EJ, I did not know this,they are so crooked and dishonest,us consumers and buyers seem to have so little knowledge provided,thankfully we have you to post these articles.

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3/16/12 9:08 P

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Thanks good to know that.

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Certified Organic is the safest becuase it has controls and must meet standards where everything else is not watched.

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Great tip on finding a farm with healthy meat.

"Healthy meat" is starting to almost become an oxymoron these days with "Pink Slime" in the news and previous e. coli outbreaks.

Thx, EJ for posting this article!

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3/15/12 12:07 P

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wow, eye opener. I spend $10 more /#. Great info. Will do some research.

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3/15/12 12:04 P

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I agree with the article.

I do believe people are terribly misguided with the label: "grass-fed" ...

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... "However, the standards for what qualifies meat to be marketed as `grass-fed`are quite disturbing."

I only buy 100% USDA Certified Organic Meat.

There is a Problem with "Grass Fed" Labeled Meat, I agree.

There are no Problems with 100% USDA Certified Organic Meat Laws.

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what an eye opener. wow. Thanks EJ, I really have to think on this especially since I enjoy beef so much. I get sirloin steaks and roasts and then grind them at home to make burgers, now I have to re think.

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3/15/12 11:54 A

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Getting harder to eat foods and know exactly what you really are getting :(



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3/15/12 11:37 A

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The Problem with Organic Meat

It is no secret that people have become more and more conscious of good health choices and the value of high quality nutrition. Organic food sales have grown significantly over the last 20 years. This trend has led to companies which have always valued price over quality to become the top organic food retailers. So has the organic label been tarnished?

During this same period that organic food products have grown there has also been a significant increase in the use of genetically engineered foods. The pesticide/herbicide industry has continued to rise despite the organic craze. Factory farms and processed animal products are at an all-time high demand. So what constitues something as an organic product?

Cows that feed on grass throughout the year as the primary component of their diet are tremendously healthy animals and provide extraordinarily healthy meat and dairy products. However, the standards for what qualifies meat to be marketed as `grass-fed`are quite disturbing.The standards state that an animal only needs to have a 30% grass diet to be considered 'grass-fed.' This means that the animal can be fed a diet of mostly genetically modified corn/soy and still be considered grass-fed.

This is a key finding because meat farmers get paid by the pound. Grass-fed meat is leaner than grain-fed so there is less profit per animal involved. Many formerly grass-fed farmers have switched to a grain finish with their animals. This means that the animal eats grass throughout their life until the last 60-90 days when they are fed grains to fatten them up before slaughter. This meat is still sold as `grass-fed.` The consumer is led to believe it is a 100% grass-fed diet.

Research has revealed the dangers behind meat that has a grain finish. It has been shown that within 30 days of switching from a grass-fed to grain-fed diet these animals have a significant proportion of inflammatory fatty acids and a large reduction in anti-oxidant capacity compared to animals fed grass throughout their lifetime.

The highest quality grass-fed meat products are from farms that rotate the cattle to fresh pastures regularly. If they are not rotated, cattle will often graze in one area and get less overall nutrients. Pasture rotation also decreases contact with potential disease causing pathogens. Cattle need to be closely supervised and rotated to fresh pastures on a regular basis.

Grass-fed and organic meats are most often fully vaccinated. Animal vaccines have much lower safety records and research behind them than human vaccines. The majority of animal vaccines are laced with mercury, aluminum, live viruses, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, MSG, sodium benzoate and other toxic components. These ingredients are still present within their meat upon human consumption. This has to be considered a serious health threat.

The best thing for a consumer to do is to develop a relationship with local meat and dairy farmers who use the highest quality farming methods and raise their cattle on 100% organically grown grass. It is a great idea to ask to tour the facilities. The most integrity based farmers will be happy to show you the farms and how the animals are raised and slaughtered.

Some smaller farms may not be certified organic by the USDA, however, they withhold extremely high quality standards. Many are unable to pay the fees associated with gaining organic certification. These farms may offer even lower fees due to the lack of organic certification. These smaller farms often have products that are equal if not better than the certified farms.

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The best thing for a consumer to do is to develop a relationship with local meat and dairy farmers who use the highest quality farming methods and raise their cattle on 100% organically grown grass. It is a great idea to ask to tour the facilities. The most integrity based farmers will be happy to show you the farms and how the animals are raised and slaughtered.

Some smaller farms may not be certified organic by the USDA, however, they withhold extremely high quality standards. Many are unable to pay the fees associated with gaining organic certification. These farms may offer even lower fees due to the lack of organic certification even though they have products that are often equal if not better than the certified farms.

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