European or South American Meat?

Answered on October 14, 2012
Created October 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Hi everyone, I recently moved from the US to Gran Canaria, where the meat seems to be either imported from the Spanish peninsula or from South America. It is near impossible to know what is grass-fed and what is not. Organic meat is available at the price of a right arm and a first newborn, and I don't know if that's grassfed, either. I also don't know how much better or worse off I am eating European or South American meat vs. US meat, as I'm far more familiar with the issues of US industrial farming than I am with what goes on in the EU. The seafood is abundant, as are things like quail eggs and rabbit and every cut of serrano ham you could want; I'm just not sure of the quality of any it.

Anyone have any recommendations on whether I should choose South American or European beef, if it's worth buying organic vs. regular meat if I don't know if it's grassfed, and how much I should limit poultry if it's grain fed? (I'm pretty sure it is).

Thanks to anyone who can help!

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on October 14, 2012
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All I know is that South American (in particular Argentinian) beef is highly valued in Europe. I don't know if it's expensive because it's really higher quality or just because it obviously has to be transported from far away. Try both and see which one you like better I guess would be the best you can do. It's not like they will be incredibly different, it's probably some subtle differences. As for the organic - I wouldn't waste my money. At least in the EU use of hormones and stuff like this are forbidden as far as I know.

If I were you though I'd enjoy the sea food more, especially if it's cheap, fresh and local :)

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