Grass fed beef is in trouble. The Agriculture Department has proposed a standard for grass-fed meat that doesn’t say animals need pasture and that broadly defines grass to include things like leftovers from harvested crops.
This proposal is so loose that it would let more conventional ranchers slap a grass-fed label their beef, too. This is exacty what they are shooting for of course, so that grass fed beef will be a term that means nothing anymore. Big agricorp doesn’t want to let their cows graze in a pasture and eat real grass because then they can’t pack them into feedlots like sardines anymore.
This is just another reason why finding a local a farmer you know and trust is important if you want genuine grass fed beef.
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