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Grass-fed pork - does it exist?

Answered on February 19, 2015
Created November 02, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I've never really eaten pork before, but I'm trying to get some bacon into my diet after reading the rave reviews here. What is the gold standard for pork? Everything I saw at the whole foods store said grain-fed.

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on January 15, 2012
at 12:44 AM

VelaCreations, I have seen you on there too.

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on January 15, 2012
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pubwvj, I think I have seen you post on a permaculture forum?

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on November 18, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Pigs do eat grass. We raise hundreds of pigs on pasture in northern Vermont. Our pigs eat hundreds of thousands of pounds of hay in the winter and graze about 70 acres of pastures in the summers. Pasture represents the vast majority of their diet and most of that is grass. It saves us from having to buy commercial hog feed or grain and it produces a better quality pork. Letting your pigs graze pasture will make them taste better, up their Omega-3 Fatty Acid profile (the good stuff - we're doing research on this with a lab) and make them less expensive to raise. Sometimes we get some

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on November 09, 2010
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I'm not convinced that pigs should be only grass-fed, seeing as if left to their own devices, they seem to eat just about anything..

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on November 03, 2010
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His pigs don't eat grass alone. The website is pretty clear about that.

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on November 03, 2010
at 04:55 AM

Look for free range or wild pork. Pastured pork is ok, but not as good as truly free range.

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on November 02, 2010
at 07:34 PM

No problem. We've got a lot of threads. :)

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on November 02, 2010
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opps, sorry to have missed that question in my original search

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Yea, I was looking at the Applegate Farms bacon yesterday. But then I saw that it said "grain-fed" and I put it back.

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Forest Fed pork tastes amazing.

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on November 02, 2010
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Pigs don't eat grass. Ruminant animals are the only animals that have adapted the ability to digest grass-- http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruminant

Look for pastured pork from a farm. Pigs are omniorous, like us. They need to be able to roam around and eat grubs, fruit, tubers, ect. The factory farmed pigs don't get this.

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on November 02, 2010
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No problem. We've got a lot of threads. :)

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opps, sorry to have missed that question in my original search

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on November 02, 2010
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I think it's tough to find well-treated swine if you don't buy from a local farm. I agree with Kricka, Applegate is a pretty good (and tasty) brand for bacon.

Pigs are omnivores, so if you can't buy from a farm (I highly recommend buying local from a farm) look for pork that is pastured. Pastured pork can get more of the foods they require. A quick google search of "Pastured Pork" brings up a few brands you might check out.

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on January 14, 2012
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Pigs eat paleo man food as a regular diet. then, they got domesticated like modern man and eat the SAD diet. Modern man cat eat grass, neither can a pig. Oh sure they will eat anything to survive and so will a man, just look how the north Koreans ate all the bark from trees. if i were a billionaire i would feed my pigs paleo and eat them. you wont be getting me to ever eat a grass fed pig.

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on November 03, 2010
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This is from that web site and is extremely suspicious:

Not only are acorns highly seasonal, but in actual fact they are really not at nutritious as grass by any means

Acorns are far more nutritious than grass, no comparison at all. They are seeds, like grains, and are packed with nutrition. I would like to see that website provide a source for that information, and I question the validity of the rest of their information.

Those pigs do not look healthy in those photos. Pigs cannot survive on grass alone. They need large amounts of protein, and grass is severely lacking in protein.

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on November 03, 2010
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His pigs don't eat grass alone. The website is pretty clear about that.

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on November 02, 2010
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With bacon, I think it is more about eating an uncured version.

As always, you want meat that is raised without unnecessary anti-biotics.

Applegate Farms is a good one if you don't have access to a local farm. I am sure there are plenty of others out there these days.

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on November 09, 2010
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I'm not convinced that pigs should be only grass-fed, seeing as if left to their own devices, they seem to eat just about anything..

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on November 02, 2010
at 05:37 PM

Yea, I was looking at the Applegate Farms bacon yesterday. But then I saw that it said "grain-fed" and I put it back.

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on February 19, 2015
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 Pigs were regularly grazed until only 40 or so years ago.  Pasture contains not only grass, but legumes, as well as forbs, mast, and insects.  Vegetable and root crops may also be added to increase caloric and nutrient diversity and density of a pasture.

Dry, gestating sows often could easily eat only pasture containing a mix of grasses, legumes and forbs.  Lactating sows nursing piglets need additional calories, in the forms of legume seeds, grains, fruits or vine crops like pumpkins.  It is fairly easy to frame up grower pigs on pasture only diets, finishing at the end with mast, fruit, root or vine crops if so desired.

We produce grain-free pork, goose, and lamb with the above methods, as well as a product line finished with a limited grain diet based on the above pasturage with less than 10% of dietary intake  in the form of Non-GMO whole oats for those who desire it.

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on August 17, 2011
at 09:54 PM

Grass fed pork, I get from a local farm rainbow ranch farms and the pigs are grass fed + they get veggies and fruits too. But where to get exotic meats? I have been looking for off the norm, like alligator and bear. I travel, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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on November 03, 2010
at 11:53 AM

Grass-fed pork - does it exist?

Yes, it does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjf9F5YOq7A

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