The NRDC’s Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grass-Fed Meat


Here’s a nice list I found while searching the web, and I thought was worth sharing. It’s from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental action group that combines the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grass-Fed Meat

  1. Perennial grasses are better for soil.
  2. Animals that are grass-fed their entire life are healthier—and their meat safer for you.
  3. Grass-fed animals produce the right kind of fat.
  4. The corn fed to feedlot cattle is fossil-fuel intensive and heavily subsidized.
  5. Perennial pasture reduces flooding and pollution-laden runoff.
  6. Grazing animals don’t need the large quantities of antibiotics that feedlot cattle do. 
  7. Perennial pasture is a carbon sink.
  8. Modern grazing methods match the efficiencies of industrial-scale grain production.
  9. Pastured animals are treated more humanely.
  10. Grass-fed is more expensive.*

This stuff is what Michael Pollan talks about in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. And, it’s just common sense. For more details, read the full article on the NRDC website.

*While you pay more for grassfed meat up front, there are hidden costs in feedlot meat that most people don’t think about: environmental impact, health costs to consumers ingesting antibiotics and hormones, and the cost of petroleum to grow and move the corn that is fed to feedlot animals.

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