If something in the previous four posts has resonated with you, I’d encourage you to examine whether or not grass fed beef would be a viable option for you and your family. If you decide that this is something you’d like to invest in more often, below is some information to keep in mind: Grass fed beef is available in at most local grocery stores. Be on the look out for the label that certifies that the beef product you are purchasing is grass fed! 🙂 Additionally, check out this website for a directory of pasture-based farms if you’re looking for a new place to find grass fed beef (Eat):
Once you arrive at this website, click on your state or country of residence, and you will be brought to a webpage with a list detailing the surrounding farms near your home (Eat). Let me know if you try this website and what they think of it! In addition, there is the option of buying a “share” of a cow from your local farm, similarly to other community shared agricultural programs (Eat).
In culminating this five part series, there is one more thing that I’d like to address, and this is the cost comparison between feedlot beef and grass fed beef. Switching to grass fed beef would cost on average $250 to $300 dollars more than purchasing solely feedlot beef (Cross). Here is a revisit back to a quote on this price difference from New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Pollan: “The ninety-nine cent price of a fast-food hamburger simply doesn’t take account of that meal’s true cost–to soil, oil, public health, the public purse, etc., costs which are never charged directly to the consumer but, indirectly and invisibly, to the taxpayer (in the form of subsidies), the health care system (in the form of food-borne illnesses and obesity), and the environment (in the form of pollution), not to mention the welfare of the workers in the feedlot and the slaughterhouse and the welfare of the animals themselves” (Pollan).
In conclusion, changing agricultural beef cattle practices can start with you. Every purchase counts, and dollars that are put towards the investment of grass fed beef are the same dollars that are not being put towards feedlot beef. Therefore, in using your purchasing power wisely, you too can support animal welfare, champion human health, and preserve the environment and its natural resources. America’s cows are counting on you. 🙂
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
P.S. I hope now that Princeton University Professor Appiah quote that “Industrial agriculture is one of the top four things for which future generations will condemn us” rings true for you (Notaras).
Cross, Kim. “‘The grass-fed vs. grain-fed debate.” CNN. 29 March 2011. Web. Cable News Network. 12 June 2014. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/29/grass.grain.beef.cookinglight/>
Eat Wild. Jo Robinson, 2015. Web. 16 July 2015. <http://www.eatwild.com/PRODUCTS/index.html>
Notaras, Mark. Our World United Nations University. UNU Office of Communications. 24 Nov. 2010. Web. 31 May 2014. <http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/the-shame-of-concentrated-animal-feedlots>
Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma. New York: Penguin Group, 2006. Print.