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If you can't find/afford grass fed beef, that information might help you.

Commented on February 19, 2016
Created May 01, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I've been studying low carb diets for years, but 20 days ago I finally decided to definitely change my eating habits and now I'm full paleo.

At first, in order to not feel overwhelmed, I ignored omega 3 to omega 6 ratios and postponed my decision to buy grass fed beef. Two days ago I decided it was time to make these adjustments and went looking for grass fed beef. To my surprise I found out that pretty much all the red meat I eat is already grass fed, since 80% of Brazil's cattle (I'm Brazilian)is grass fed, in the state where I live it's pretty much 100%.

They still get tons of antibiotics and hormones but it's better than grain fed antibiotics ridden beef.

So, if you can't find/afford grass fed beef one option is to look for meat imported from Brazil, since there is a great chance that this meat will be grass fed.

I hope that helps someone.

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on February 19, 2016
at 03:29 PM

Olá! Sou do brasil também... é difícil encontrar gente na low-carb community por aqui. Pode me passar seu email ou facebook ou qqler outro contato? Tenho dúvidas sobre essa questão de grass fed no brasil, vc tem certeza que 80% de nosso gado já é grass fed?

Abraços!

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on October 01, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I guess I misspoke (wrote) my meaning. I am interested, just trying to wade through it all in translated foreign language made it difficult. I'd be curious if you find the actual info.

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on September 30, 2013
at 11:20 PM

Thank you!

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:45 AM

more than likely here somewhere but I'm not interested enough to sift through it.

http://www.mgap.gub.uy/DGSG/InformacionTecnica/INFORMACION_TECNICA.htm

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on September 23, 2013
at 10:42 PM

I've found secondary sources like that, but I was hoping for a primary source (e.g. link to government page with law). Perhaps this isn't available online though.

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on September 21, 2013
at 09:21 PM

http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/news/181211/uruguay___free_range_beef_at_its_very_best_.aspx

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on September 21, 2013
at 06:39 PM

"their cattle is required by federal law to be 100% grass fed"

Do you have a source for this? I couldn't find any information on Uruguay's laws on my own.

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Just the destruction to the ozone layer that you need to worry about. But you got your lamb, that's the important thing.

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Unfortunately this is no longer the case, and the majority of Argentinian beef is now grain-fed. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/08/143362233/farewell-to-argentinas-famed-beef

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:59 PM

And when they don't have access to grass, it usually means they're in crowded pens wading ankle-deep in their own excrement, thus even more need for the antibiotics.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:58 PM

That's mostly likely due to cattle not needing antibiotics if they're eating grass. Their stomachs are meant to eat grass. It's when they're eating large amounts of grain/sileage/non-grass feed that they develop infections and require antibiotics. So in general, it's fairly safe to assume grain = antibiotics. Added hormones are a different matter...

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Nice! I've also recently discovered that the frozen lamb imported from New Zealand I see in pretty much every grocery store around where I live is completely grass-fed and antibiotic/hormone free.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Hormones worry me a lot too, but I also got more good news on that. I know my father has a very good friend who manages a big slaughterhouse, I asked my father to call him and ask if the local cattle is given too much hormones and antibiotics. He told my father that local farmers are "ignorant and stuck in the stone age" and just give their cattle some vaccines but no hormones and pretty much no antibiotics. When my father gave me these news I was so happy that I felt like going beef shopping, but today is seafood day!

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Bom dia, Andrea. Good to know that about Uruguay. Thanks for the info.

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Bom dia BSBL!

I visited Uruguay last year and know that their cattle is required by federal law to be 100% grass fed and hormone-free. I have also seen people on this board who live in the US report they have purchased beef imported from Uruguay.

I think pretty much anywhere in South America the cattle is raised this way. I went to Uruguay for a week, ate nothing but beef and ducle de leche and lost 2lbs!

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Bom dia, Andrea. Good to know that about Uruguay. Thanks for the info.

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on September 21, 2013
at 06:39 PM

"their cattle is required by federal law to be 100% grass fed"

Do you have a source for this? I couldn't find any information on Uruguay's laws on my own.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I'd rather consume antibiotic and hormone free beef than require the beef to be grassfed. Hormones worry me the most.

Granted, I prefer the best of both options. :-)

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Hormones worry me a lot too, but I also got more good news on that. I know my father has a very good friend who manages a big slaughterhouse, I asked my father to call him and ask if the local cattle is given too much hormones and antibiotics. He told my father that local farmers are "ignorant and stuck in the stone age" and just give their cattle some vaccines but no hormones and pretty much no antibiotics. When my father gave me these news I was so happy that I felt like going beef shopping, but today is seafood day!

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:58 PM

That's mostly likely due to cattle not needing antibiotics if they're eating grass. Their stomachs are meant to eat grass. It's when they're eating large amounts of grain/sileage/non-grass feed that they develop infections and require antibiotics. So in general, it's fairly safe to assume grain = antibiotics. Added hormones are a different matter...

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:59 PM

And when they don't have access to grass, it usually means they're in crowded pens wading ankle-deep in their own excrement, thus even more need for the antibiotics.

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on September 24, 2013
at 02:26 AM

Indeed, in this country (USA), churrasco made with conventional beef is despicable. My daughter was long a meat hater (not anymore since we buy grass fed), but when in Brazil she would always ask me to take her for churrasco (worked there 8 months and visited numerous other times). As far as I can tell all meat there is grass fed, even in Rio.

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:43 PM

As far as I know, Argentinian beef is grass-fed too. Unsure if by law and about the use of hormones/antibiotics there. But if the cows are raised on pasture they don't need these drugs, especially the antibiotics.

I was in BA twice this year and gorged on meat every damned day. Soooo tasty. But I couldn't bring myself to sample from the huge platter of innards that was ordered by our party on my last day, aside from the sweetbreads which were... interesting.

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Unfortunately this is no longer the case, and the majority of Argentinian beef is now grain-fed. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/08/143362233/farewell-to-argentinas-famed-beef

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