Have you ever asked yourself ‘ Why should I buy organic meat?’ I would like to give you a few reasons that I hope will convince you to make the switch. Recently, I made a trip out to my local farmer to pick up some eggs. I love being able to watch the hens foraging and see the pigs wallowing in their favorite mud puddle. I have been buying all of my beef, pork and eggs from local farmers for the last several years and I have been thrilled with the quality of everything I have purchased. Is it CHEAP? No! Is it worth every penny is spend? Most definitely!
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I first asked myself ‘ Should I buy organic meat?’ after watching a documentary on how factory farmed animals are raised…needless to say I didn’t eat meat at ALL for several weeks and then decided to start making educated choices about where my food comes from. In order to help balance our budget a bit, we cut back on the amount of meat we eat…going meatless a couple nights a week really helps. In order to encourage you to buy organic meats, I thought I would give you some ‘food for thought’ today on why you should!
Why Should I Buy Organic Meat?
1. It is free of antibiotics and added hormones or other drugs. Most conventionally raised animals are routinely injected with steroids to make them grow faster and fed antibiotics to keep them free of disease. Those drugs are passed onto the consumer when their meat is eaten.
2. Avoiding GMO’s: If you are asking yourself ‘Why should I buy organic meat?’ my number one answer is to avoid GMOs. When a meat is certified organic, the animal cannot be genetically modified and no feed that it eats can be genetically modified. There are now genetically modified salmon and other animals coming into the market and I really do not want the on my plate!
3. Animals are fed 100% organic feed: Many conventionally raised animals are fed nasty things like ground up animal bits, newspaper, and other non food items because they are cheap and filling. Are they natural to the animal’s diet? Nope. Are they producing a healthier animal? Not at all. But, they are cheap so some conventional farmers use them as feed.
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4. They are humanely raised: Animals who are raised for organic meat are more likely to be raised without cruelty in a free range or field raised manner. If you have ever seen videos inside a factory farm, you will have to agree that pastured raised is a more humane choice.
5. Better Poop Control: Industrial farming (feed lot cattle, etc) produces so much manure that it is harmful to the environment. Small sustainable farms are much better at recycling those nutrients back into the soil and not letting it contaminate groundwater.
6. Better for the environment: By not using pesticides and chemicals, you create healthier soil. Farmers who raise animals organically buy only organic feed and help support other farmers who follow organic growing practices.
7. Sustaining Genetic Variation: Many small organic farms raise varieties of animals that aren’t found in feedlot stock, thus promoting genetic diversity. Many heritage breeds are in danger of extinction because no one is raising them any more.
Why should I buy organic meat? There are a lot of reasons (both ethical and health related) to invest in organic meat. The best option would be to find a local farmer to buy from but that is not always possible. You can also find a small selection in grocery stores or go to major retailers like Whole Foods if you have one near you. There are also companies that will allow you to buy organic meat online. Check out the selection of organic meats on Amazon if you want to buy online.
Yes, organic meat is more expensive but when you think of the benefits to your health, the welfare of our planet, and the assorted horrors of factory farming I think it really is worth every penny!
Do you buy organic meats?
Organic meat is pricey so go vegetarian occasionally. Try this Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.