Where’s the (grass-fed) beef?
Beef, an American staple, has been making headlines as more people become aware of the environmental and health benefits of “grass-fed” beef.
Traditionally, cows have been allowed to eat from a pasture, then are “finished off” with a diet of grains, soy, and supplements (including hormones) prior to butchering. This diet was designed to rapidly bulk up the cow. Grass-fed cows, however, are a bit more old-fashioned — think pioneers — hormone- and grain-free!
With a movement to buy local, be “green,” and eat more REAL food, grass-fed beef has gained popularity. The beef is not only leaner and healthier, but the overall carbon imprint is less. Less energy is needed to grow grass versus harvesting grain, thus it’s better for our planet.
And get this: On the standard American diet, we consume an average of 67 pounds of beef per year. Co-founder of EatWild.com, Jo Robinson, explains that switching to grass-fed beef will save you 16,642 calories per year — WOW!
Cooking with grass-fed beef is slightly different. Because the beef is much leaner, cooking times and temperatures need to be adjusted. But the flavor you love is still there. In fact, some say grass-fed beef is even tastier!
Where’s the (grass-fed) beef? Well, now it’s on The Produce Box menu!