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Let's be honest. How many of you don't buy grass-fed meat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I'm a poor college student thousands of dollars in debt so I don't worry about buying grass-fed meat. I try to eat a good amount of canned salmon, take fish oil, and limit my nuts. Overall I'll try to be as paleo as possible until I find a way to support myself. Nice to know I have sweet potatoes to fall back on as well...very tasty..very cheap.

3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

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on December 25, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Organ meats of grass fed animals are far less expensive than the popular cuts. I eat grass fed beef heart and beef liver every week for very little money. I encourage you to investigate this as opposed to supporting the miserable, inhumane CAFO industry.

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on December 25, 2013
at 02:57 PM

Organ meats of grass fed animals are far less expensive than the popular cuts. I eat grass fed beef heart and beef liver every week for very little money. I encourage you to investigate this as opposed to supporting the miserable, inhumane CAFO industry.

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on December 24, 2013
at 02:59 PM

I just heard on the news that food poisoning from eating animals is resistant to antibiotics because animals are fed low doses of antibiotics. They said every year 3,000 people die from food poisioning and millions get sick. If we eat high fat animals the chemicals are stored in the fat and we get it. So it is more than just tasting better it is feeling better to eat organic or grass fed. Animals are healthier eating grass, chickens free range eating bugs and digging in the dirt and foraging for their own food.

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on December 04, 2013
at 01:12 AM

All our beef and lamb is grass fed in N.Z. The winter feed is either hay or silage, both made out of grass.

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on November 28, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Okay, busted here. I love Grassfed however it is hard to come by and when I can find it it is expensive so it's only a treat. I know it's not the answer, but I will buy "organic" or "bison" (read that the USDA/FDA will not allow bison to be fed hormones and all that other crap so I guess it's better than CAFO?).

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on November 27, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Im in NZ too! So all our in store beef is grass fed? Why did this never occur to me lol

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on June 05, 2013
at 08:17 PM

I think you should consider alternate protein sources instead of buying CAFO. Like wild fish, pastured eggs, bison... CAFO is just so bad on every level.

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on June 05, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Yet another college student - I purchase grass-fed beef, but because I've got support from the parents to help cover the difference in cost. Finding farms that sell direct helps (I can get grass-fed ground beef for $5 a pound and grass-fed chuck roast for $6 a pound, which is about all you really need to keep things interesting) but it's still not cheap :\ Your best bet in terms of beef is to buy lean cuts and supplement your fat levels with grass-fed dairy (if you can find it) or fish fats. Seems like you're on the right track overall.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

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on February 25, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I eat CAFO because grassfed means no rent. :(

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on February 25, 2013
at 07:44 PM

I agree with Clayton. I buy my beef local and grass-fed in bulk (found a farm that even stores it for me, so I don't need a chest freezer), and the cost ends up being ~$5 per lb. Less if you factor in all the liver, tallow, and bones they give me that other people don't want.

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:40 PM

I starting to eating my meat raw so... can't do CAFO meat, I am a poor college student as well, I basically spend all my money on food. and I shop at the good will, and don't go out, so I cut lots of corners :) I personally augment with fat, I think its cheaper to add calories with fat but then again I do a ketogenic Paleo diet with protein restriction which helps makes the meat last longer, very strict as well, no nuts, grains,, legumes, nightshades, nor dairy (except butter). ohh and grass fed organ meats are cheaper.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Also, before the 1950s or so, pretty much all beef was grassfed. So your grandparents, and maybe your parents too, were eating grassfed beef for a large part of their lives.

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:04 AM

We buy a lot of eggs, a small amount of fish and a small amount of meat (chicken, pork or lamb). Instead of buying a lot of crap, buy a smaller amount of the good stuff. You don't need a lot of meat.

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on August 20, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Excellent link: http://grassbasedhealth.blogspot.com/2011/10/is-grass-fed-beef-really-rich-in-omega.

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 20, 2012
at 10:01 PM

You slow cook it until the protein and fat separate. Voilà.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 20, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Good for you! My last piece of advice: don't go to law school.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:20 PM

not guilty..i literally spend about 10 dollars a month on wine or liquor & if I eat out its usually once or twice a year with my parents paying haha

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 20, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Sometimes I wonder if the grass-fed beef argument is similar to the organic cigarettes (American Spirit) argument.

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on August 20, 2012
at 05:54 PM

what do you eat in terms of meat? Chicken, eggs, fish?

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 20, 2012
at 04:04 PM

What do you do with the pig skin?

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 20, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Yeah, but having to mail order grass-fed beef means I end up with mountains of styrofoam coolers and I really don't want to support THAT terrible industry, either.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on August 20, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Grass-fed and grain-finished is essentially conventional meat -- most cows, even in the US, are fed grass for some portion of their lives, then finished on grain. How long they are fed grass may vary by producer, and it may be that in the UK they are grass fed longer, but still, grass-fed and grain-finished is also the norm in the US. When something is advertised as "grass fed" in the US, you still have to ask whether it was grain finished, because the USDA has not adopted a rule for the meaning of "grass fed".

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:38 PM

Yeesh, if you have the money definitely spend it on quality organ meats, yuppies be damned.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 20, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Matt, yes I mean refreezing. in my experience, meat that was frozen after butchering is usually ok. once it thaws at the store, then gets re-frozen I think it looses a lot of taste and texture. I tried cow-pooling once, but we couldn't come to an agreement as to who got which part of the cow.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:39 PM

You hate freezing beef? What do you mean? Refreezing? I imagine a lot of meat folks buy already has been frozen once.

6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

(638)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:49 AM

Waitrose and M&S have great meat. M&S do nice gluten free sausages — the chorizo ones are great!

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on August 20, 2012
at 10:20 AM

'Out here '....

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:49 AM

Yeah me too. In the UK I kind of assume that the meat is grass-fed, but I don't really check. Didn't know that Waitrose stocked grass fed, I'll probably check some out.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on August 20, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Lord know I can't afford it.

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Same boat as you. You can't make sense out of buying grass-fed anything on a college budget. Same with Crossfit, unless you have parents handing you money to go.

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on August 20, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Sigh...same old argument- same can be said of people who smoke and live til they are 95. Woo hoo. Doesn't change the fact that it is damaging to your well-being and supports a terrible industry.

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 AM

100% organic, grass-fed/finished, local beef is ideal. It's the hold standard. There are many degrees below that, which are still better than eating wheat bread. Your post is understood but "F all that grassfed hype" is both unnecessary and incorrectly called "hype."

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Same with dairy and eggs, though those are definitely cheaper. All of my cheeses are raw, organic and grassfed (except for a particular brand of pecorino romano, but I use it rarely). Butter is about half raw and grassfed, the other half is just organic (due to availability).

318374167f4c3bf3ac0f13ce48211c75

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:27 PM

the only thing I won't settle on is beef. i buy grassfed beef because there is definitely a difference nutritionally and with taste. we do cow pools with my friends and a local farmer here. everything else i buy in conventionally in bulk like chicken from costco. can't afford it otherwise. and i've never looked/felt/performed better in my life actually. i'm strict paleo and that helps a lot. i only eat meat, fish, seafood, eggs, veggies and fruits. nothing more nothing less. no nuts, fake sugar (agave whatever) no honey, no coffee. i've seriously never been leaner. you can do the same :-)

E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:12 PM

When I buy organ meats I do buy grass finished. Tastes much better and is worth the cost.

E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

This is my position exactly. Just doing the best we can do. Would love to find a good source of grass finished beef.

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:00 PM

I agree. Are you able to be just as picky with your dairy?

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2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

(1173)

on August 19, 2012
at 11:28 PM

If I can't afford to buy grass fed beef, I don't buy beef...I've done way too much research on feedlot cattle to compromise, more than just occasionally...If I was at someone's house for dinner I would eat it and keep my mouth shut.

2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

(1173)

on August 21, 2012
at 12:04 AM

We buy a lot of eggs, a small amount of fish and a small amount of meat (chicken, pork or lamb). Instead of buying a lot of crap, buy a smaller amount of the good stuff. You don't need a lot of meat.

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on August 20, 2012
at 05:54 PM

what do you eat in terms of meat? Chicken, eggs, fish?

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I most certainly can't afford grass-fed beef right now, so I just buy conventional. As far as I'm concerned, not eating wheat and grains and eating CAFO meat is better than eating grains -and- eating CAFO meat.

Eventually, I'd love to buy a side of beef locally, but until then I just keep doing my best. It's all we can do. :)

E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

(1085)

on August 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

This is my position exactly. Just doing the best we can do. Would love to find a good source of grass finished beef.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on August 20, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Lord know I can't afford it.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on February 25, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I eat CAFO because grassfed means no rent. :(

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(379)

on June 05, 2013
at 08:17 PM

I think you should consider alternate protein sources instead of buying CAFO. Like wild fish, pastured eggs, bison... CAFO is just so bad on every level.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:44 PM

I only buy grassfed organic beef, and will eat just vegetables when going out to restaurants if they don't have high quality meat. I wait for sales and stock up. If I can't afford it, I just don't buy it and have more eggs and dairy to replace it. Luckily I can get organic grassfed meat for around $6-8 per lb., but this is because I don't buy the fancy cuts anymore, just ground beef and roasts for the most part.

I just don't want to vote for big agriculture, big beef and pesticides with my dollars. I also grew up on a farm which makes me committed to buying from the most humane animal product sources as possible, having raised and participating in the slaughter of animals that I cared for deeply as a young child. I would rather steer towards more vegetables and tubers with butter (much cheaper) if I can't fit the meat in my budget.

As a student though, you have to do what you can to make it by. Just decide how important certain factors are for you. If grassfed beef is just about the CLA and better omega 3 ratios, then that's one thing, but for some people it is also about the animal having some quality of life. If you have to eat cafeteria food you will be pretty limited, but for your dorm room or apartment, you can just do the best you can with what you can afford. Either way, it's better than eating processed garbage.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:00 PM

I agree. Are you able to be just as picky with your dairy?

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Same with dairy and eggs, though those are definitely cheaper. All of my cheeses are raw, organic and grassfed (except for a particular brand of pecorino romano, but I use it rarely). Butter is about half raw and grassfed, the other half is just organic (due to availability).

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E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I'm in the same boat as you but I simply refuse to buy meat that is not organic/grass-fed. 1. It is terrible for the animals if they are raised on a factory farm and I would rather live off grains than eat meat from a factory farm. 2. I care about my health. No amount of money saved is worth consuming antibiotics, chemicals, and whole host of other things. I only buy organic, in the long run I care less about finances and more about animal welfare and my health.

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on August 20, 2012
at 04:38 AM

I live in new zealand. All our beef and lamb is grassfed.

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on November 27, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Im in NZ too! So all our in store beef is grass fed? Why did this never occur to me lol

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1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

on August 19, 2012
at 11:45 PM

F all that grassfed hype, I just get good cuts from good local groceries and/or butchers. I'm still alive and VERY healthy ; ) Parents are still kicking into their 70's and grandparents averaged around 90 all while eating lots of non-grass fed beef (and non-free range chicken and eggs to boot). Just sayin ; )

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on August 20, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Sigh...same old argument- same can be said of people who smoke and live til they are 95. Woo hoo. Doesn't change the fact that it is damaging to your well-being and supports a terrible industry.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 20, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Yeah, but having to mail order grass-fed beef means I end up with mountains of styrofoam coolers and I really don't want to support THAT terrible industry, either.

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on August 20, 2012
at 12:56 AM

100% organic, grass-fed/finished, local beef is ideal. It's the hold standard. There are many degrees below that, which are still better than eating wheat bread. Your post is understood but "F all that grassfed hype" is both unnecessary and incorrectly called "hype."

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on August 21, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Also, before the 1950s or so, pretty much all beef was grassfed. So your grandparents, and maybe your parents too, were eating grassfed beef for a large part of their lives.

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6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

(638)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I live in the UK ??? I think most of our meat here is grass-fed (and grain finished) so it's better than the meat in the US ??? we do have specifically grass-fed meat in places like Waitrose and a lot of independent butchers. I buy from there when I can, but in a pinch I don't worry about it too much. I think we all eat miles better than 95% of the population already, and grass-fed meat is more like the cherry on top! In Robb Wolf's recent podcast (ancestral health symposium review) he mentions there actually isn't TOO much of a diff between the benefits of grass-fed vs traditional meat, so what the deal breaker is, is more what you support re: farming practices, sustainable farming etc.

I mean, we'd all love to support humane farming and grass-fed cattle. The irony is that we'd have to invest in it all the time to bring the prices down low enough so we all COULD invest in it all the time. :(

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on August 20, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Grass-fed and grain-finished is essentially conventional meat -- most cows, even in the US, are fed grass for some portion of their lives, then finished on grain. How long they are fed grass may vary by producer, and it may be that in the UK they are grass fed longer, but still, grass-fed and grain-finished is also the norm in the US. When something is advertised as "grass fed" in the US, you still have to ask whether it was grain finished, because the USDA has not adopted a rule for the meaning of "grass fed".

6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

(638)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:49 AM

Waitrose and M&S have great meat. M&S do nice gluten free sausages — the chorizo ones are great!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:49 AM

Yeah me too. In the UK I kind of assume that the meat is grass-fed, but I don't really check. Didn't know that Waitrose stocked grass fed, I'll probably check some out.

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on August 20, 2012
at 08:46 AM

New Zealander here. Grain-finished is a specialist product for export only. All meat from cattle, sheep or farmed deer is usually grass-fed. I eat a lot of lamb, or mutton when I can get it, because it's pretty damned fatty.

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on February 25, 2013
at 08:43 PM

i will only eat grass fed meat. i refuse to contribute to the inhumane practices of factory farmed meat as well as subject myself to the hormones, antibiotics, corn/soy, and god knows what else those animals are being forced to consume.

if i were you, i'd stick to what you can afford that is still wild and organic.

if i can't get grass fed meat, i just won't eat meat.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:47 PM

Only grass-fed cows from private schools when it comes to organ meats, fatty bits, skin, feet, etc. Grass-fed beef (not always 100% due to availability) for consumption at home.

When I am out or at a friend's house, I will eat meat that I know is eating needles and candy or whatever the hell else they are feeding the poor beasts these days.

When you don't have the money, there isn't much you can do about it. However, I'd be damned sure I really didn't have the money (don't be one of those college students who nickels and dimes your groceries but spends hundreds of dollars each month on going to bars!).

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:20 PM

not guilty..i literally spend about 10 dollars a month on wine or liquor & if I eat out its usually once or twice a year with my parents paying haha

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 20, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Good for you! My last piece of advice: don't go to law school.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I buy offals and pig skin. Typically around $1-2 a pound. Grass-fed or well raised. I am a student just like you.

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:01 PM

You slow cook it until the protein and fat separate. Voilà.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 20, 2012
at 04:04 PM

What do you do with the pig skin?

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:03 AM

for Beef, I'm about 50/50. I hate freezing beef, and I never know what I will be in the mood for. May-November when the farmers market is around I'm probably 80/20 grass fed. The rest of the year it's probably closer to 20/80.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:39 PM

You hate freezing beef? What do you mean? Refreezing? I imagine a lot of meat folks buy already has been frozen once.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 20, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Matt, yes I mean refreezing. in my experience, meat that was frozen after butchering is usually ok. once it thaws at the store, then gets re-frozen I think it looses a lot of taste and texture. I tried cow-pooling once, but we couldn't come to an agreement as to who got which part of the cow.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 19, 2012
at 10:32 PM

If I didn't have free access to the farm's freezer, I wouldn't have the same high quality beef or pork. I, currently, don't have a ton of money, but see even a mediocre paying job as being enough to afford high quality food. Probably would shift to a more vegetarian with dairy and wild-caught seafood - cheaper and more universally available than pasture-raised livestock.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Seeing as I live in England I don't have much of a choice! :p

3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

(1290)

on December 25, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Organ meats of grass fed animals are far less expensive than the popular cuts. I eat grass fed beef heart and beef liver every week for very little money. I encourage you to investigate this as opposed to supporting the miserable, inhumane CAFO industry.

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3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on December 25, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Organ meats of grass fed animals are far less expensive than the popular cuts. I eat grass fed beef heart and beef liver every week for very little money. I encourage you to investigate this as opposed to supporting the miserable, inhumane CAFO industry.

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on December 24, 2013
at 01:15 PM

Some aspects of Paleo are already ungodly expensive and grass fed meat here in the US is just one more of those aspects, unfortunately. :( Meat is pretty much meat, though grass fed does taste better.

B694589acf7e0482c9a17466edbe4178

on December 24, 2013
at 02:59 PM

I just heard on the news that food poisoning from eating animals is resistant to antibiotics because animals are fed low doses of antibiotics. They said every year 3,000 people die from food poisioning and millions get sick. If we eat high fat animals the chemicals are stored in the fat and we get it. So it is more than just tasting better it is feeling better to eat organic or grass fed. Animals are healthier eating grass, chickens free range eating bugs and digging in the dirt and foraging for their own food.

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on December 24, 2013
at 01:05 PM

It's almost impossible to get in Spain, it's not that I don't worry...I CAN'T worry about it in a country where most people eats bread, rice or legumes every single day.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 24, 2013
at 01:54 AM

I buy a mix of regular and grassfed meat, since my family is on a really tight budget, but whenever I see a sale on grassfed, I hoard it, and I've been passing on the regular meat lately, even if it's cheap, and I've been trying to clear regular meat out of my freezer.

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B694589acf7e0482c9a17466edbe4178

on December 23, 2013
at 05:17 PM

I guess you do the best you can but it makes me think there is so much chemicals in our meat here in the US I really don't want to eat that much of it. I also don't like the inhuman treatment of animals in slaughter houses here.

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on December 03, 2013
at 08:49 PM

When I can afford it, I buy it. I already have an outrageous amount of stress concerning money, with my foray into adulthood, career, marriage, home-ownership and pet-ownership, I can't let myself be burdened with spending a lot more on beef.

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on November 28, 2013
at 08:48 PM

In the UK just about all our cows are kept on grass in fields so we're very lucky although I don't often eat beef at all. I have a lot of pork and eggs and lots of fish. Beef is not on my weekly shopping list.

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Medium avatar

on November 27, 2013
at 10:11 PM

I only eat grass fed organic meet, would perhaps not be as strict on that point if it weren't for my wacky hormones. I eat 98% organic, it's more expensive but I do feel the difference. If I have a meal that's job related and have to eat out I choose lean meat instead since most bad stuff is stored in the fat tissue.

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on November 27, 2013
at 06:46 PM

New Zealand here too! So all out beef etc is grass fed???

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on December 04, 2013
at 01:12 AM

All our beef and lamb is grass fed in N.Z. The winter feed is either hay or silage, both made out of grass.

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:08 AM

I wish I could afford grassfed meat but it's so darn expensive! BUT...my brother has recently moved out and he eats more than the rest of the family put together, so maybe now we'll be able to include it...

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on June 06, 2013
at 12:21 AM

Getting local stuff is rough for me, so organic/Grass-fed dairy is the only grass-fed stuff I get to eat currently. That's probably why I find the "dairy is evil" thing more than a little annoying.

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:13 PM

I really really want to eat grassfed. I do. I live in a Canadian city. It feels like even people in America (the country that came up with factory farming) have more access to grassfed than I do. It's simply depressing.

Our CAFO beef is more expensive in Canada than in the states...

I went to a farmer's market for the first time this weekend and bought a pound of bacon for $12.25.

That same pack would cost me $6ish in a grocery store. The taste was insanely better but I work a low income retail job, barely have time to shop at the store in my area, let alone spend money on bus tickets, time on a bus, and more money on good food.

It really, really sucks. I'm in constant conflict with myself but the reality is I cannot afford grass fed. I don't have a car, (working on a licence) couldn't afford a car anyway.

I hate supporting the industry so I buy more fish than red meats and chicken... I do get free-range eggs from a friend... but that's as much as I can do. When I buy beef, I buy it from the grocery store. I refuse to cut it out of my diet entirely, but I hate that I can't just as easily buy grass fed & local.

The two meat vendors at the small farmer's market I went to both still feed their livestock grains. They're free-range, so they also consume grass...

but since it's not far off from a CAFO I feel like I might as well just get the meat cheaper.

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on February 25, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Not me! I'm allergic to beef, so my main proteins are chicken, eggs and pork. Where I live not even Whole Foods sells pastured chicken - grain-fed organic tops $9/lb. who can afford that? A carton of pastured eggs sets me back $8/dozen, can't afford that either when a dozen conventional eggs cost 65 cents. I do drive 2 hours to a farm for grassfed raw milk that also sells pastured pork. Pork there tends to run $5-8/lb, which I buy when we have extra money, but conventional pork is always under $3/lb so I tend to buy conventional.

I do feel guilty contributing to CAFOs and not supporting local farms, but its simply not an option when I also need a roof over my head and money to get to work.

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on February 25, 2013
at 07:35 PM

If you are trying to optimize your diet to be as healthy as possible then incorporating grass fed beef is best. Of course it has a premium price. That premium price comes from both time and space. It takes longer to grow grass fed cattle, and they graze in open pastures.

Comparing grass fed to commodity beef you can see that quality differs greatly. The quality of life for the cattle is better, the level of nutritional fatty acids, vitamins and minerals is better and the fact that you are supporting operations that are more in balance with nature is better.

It's worth the price if you can afford it. If you can't at least try to avoid the beef treated with antibiotics, and growth hormones. Yikes!

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Price isnt an issue when your most common meals are fatty pork, bone broth, sausage and liver.

I am a very poor student and do just fine, just stop buying expensive beef steaks etc.. they are usually too lean anyway

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on August 20, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I don't buy grassfed beef either because it's too expensive and not readily available where I live (central PA). There are a few farms and farmers markets in the area that sell it, but their hours are never convenient and they just aren't convenient for me to drive to. The closest Trader Joes and Whole Foods are 90 minutes away and the local grocery stores don't carry grassfed beef.

On the other hand, there are a ton of local farms that sell pastured eggs very cheap and I take advantage of that.

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on August 20, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I never buy grass fed beef. By me, even at the farmer's market, a rib eye is $24.99 per pound. For us, out of the question.

I don't eat much beef. Sometimes I'll buy some trader joes burgers which are cheap.

i eat much more chicken, pork, and fish.

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on August 20, 2012
at 10:55 AM

For the first 4 months or so it's the only beef I bought, but at 8.99 a pound (at Whole Foods) it started to get pretty expensive relative to the 3.99 grain fed stuff. I started buying grain fed more often and there is definitely a noticeable difference in taste. I don't notice my health or anything feeling any different though but maybe it's a long term impact.

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on August 20, 2012
at 09:24 AM

I certainly don't. I'm in the UK though, so if all the field of cows eating grass I see everywhere are an indication, most of our animals eat grass a lot of the year anyway. Even if that weren't the case though, the 1.3g of omega-6 I'd get from 0.5kg of conventional beef, wouldn't be enough to put me off in itself. (I'm aware that there may be other reasons to prefer grassfed meat, but these factors are all much harder to quantify and don't particularly persuade me).

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:51 AM

It's kind of one of the things that leaves me a bit hesitant in hoping paleo kind of goes more mainstream. I think the picturesque perfect world where everyone eats happy cows that have spent a wonderful life grazing on pastures that rebuild topsoil isn't really a reality. I think the overall general message should be to limit meat consumption if it's coming from factory farmer sources. I only eat game meat at this stage because grass fed is too expensive.

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on August 20, 2012
at 05:47 AM

Good question. I buy "organic" meat once a week (whatever that means), I live in the Netherlands and I don't think I've seen grass-fed here, at least it's not called that. I tend to stick to fish, shrimp, eggs, once a week calves liver, as my protein sources.

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:28 AM

I know that grassfed is healthier, but I primarily eat non-grassfed because of cost. I eat beef, salmon, chicken, eggs, no dairy and buy bison any time I can find it.

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I buy it whenever possible. That being said since living out here this summer I have had to buy conventional beef. before I came I stocked up a bit. And now that it's gone I buy fish and eat a lot more eggs. I try to avoid most conventional products but out here there's no other choice. When I get back to Illinois I will be back to grassfed, I can buy ground at 4.50lb, and roasts for 5. So it's not that much more. One thing that I can't afford at all is pastured eggs, I can't bring myself to spend $10 for a dozen eggs.

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on August 20, 2012
at 10:20 AM

'Out here '....

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on August 20, 2012
at 12:27 AM

I buy it when I can. I tend to stay away from getting it retail unless it's a specific treat or a new source I'd like to try. Probably twice a year I buy in bulk (at least 50 lbs) from a farmer about an hour away who delivers it. The rest of the time (once the local stuff is gone and money is tighter), I do the best I can. Organic Ranger ground buffalo from Costco, very lean cuts (non-grass fed) from a few local butchers. Not too worried about it, especially if everything else is spot-on. I'd consider myself, at least shopping/buying habits very typical of those doing Paleo. I'd say 99% compliant with the best sourcing that is relatively available.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Yeah, I try to buy grass fed, pastured meats and dairy. Emphasis on the "try" thanks to a fairly limited income and not having the storage space to truly buy in bulk. Better than nothing.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I'm a member of a meat share, so I can sometimes get cheaper grass fed beef direct from the rancher. But other than that, I don't often buy grass-fed. I do buy pastured eggs, dairy, and sometimes poultry, though.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Same here i simply can not afford to buy grassfed, and on another note i would have to drive at least an hour to even find it. Ill buy grass fed butter and ghee but thats about as far as it goes, i cant buy pastured chicken breasts for around $6-8 a lb when i can get conventional chicken breasts on sale for 1.99lb

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I am in a similar situation, I will buy grass fed and/or organic whenever I can(if it's on sale), but I can't afford to buy all organic products. I try to be as paleo as possible but still turn to quinoa lentils and full fat dairy when my budget is tight. I eat a lot of ground turkey,chicken breast, frozen veggies and canned salmon. I buy fresh if it is cheap I try to use grass fed butter or coconut oil to cook(worth the investment imo). So no I don't buy grass-fed or organic meat, at this point putting gass in my car and having a roof over my head is important.

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:37 PM

I'm a rich (compared to you) person and I only sometimes buy grassfed meat. I like organ meats and variety meats so I often buy conventional because the places to get grassfed meats are all hoity-toity and offer rib-eyes and NY strips for like $20 a pound but no organs because ew, don't want to offend the yuppies. Who can afford to eat like that all the time? For less than $4 a pound I can get beef tongue but it's not grassfed, but it's so delicious it's like a delicacy or something.

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:12 PM

When I buy organ meats I do buy grass finished. Tastes much better and is worth the cost.

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:38 PM

Yeesh, if you have the money definitely spend it on quality organ meats, yuppies be damned.

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on February 25, 2013
at 09:04 PM

I buy conventional beef because I think going without meat is worse than vegan/vegetarian. However I won't touch conventional pork or poultry anymore. For me it's all about the PUFAs. I have alot of inflammatory issues, I NEVER eat nuts and now I don't do conventional pork and poultry and eggs for the same reason. It's amazing how stressed out and how much pain I have days after eating a little bit of regular eggs.

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