Most of us already know not too read too much into labels that say "organic." That could mean a product full of glutens, soy, and even fructose.
But you really need to be even more careful than that. I was looking for paleo-friendly beef jerky and came across a site that looked promising. On the "About" page there was a section that said:
???Why we don???t use corn-fed meat in our jerky"
For the first time in history, because of cheap, subsidized corn production in this country, millions of animals are now raised in close confinement and fed on diets that are not healthy for them.
In these huge feedlots animals are forced to live mainly on corn, not grass. Why? Because it???s cheaper. Instead of grazing four or five years from birth to slaughter, animals are now brought to slaughter within 14 to 16 months. They are fed tremendous quantities of corn and an arsenal of drugs.
I glanced quickly at the next paragraph and was about to order some, when something stopped me, and I read it again more carefully.
Jerky Direct uses only grass fed and/or certified organic beef not raised in these huge industrialized feedlots. The organic certification states that not only the animal itself, but its mother must have been fed an organic diet free from all the unnatural chemicals and additives.
That "and/or" will get you every time. So I checked, and not a single product actually, specifically said "grass-fed."
asked byGlenn (3268)
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on March 12, 2010
at 04:23 PM
And this is why the husband and I got a food dehydrator with some of our wedding gift cards. That thing has more than paid for itself in jerky (no sugar!) and dried fruit (eat a few bites as a snack rather than feeling like having to eat an entire apple). Also great for drying veggies. Who knew squash could sub for chips with salsa? (from MDA)