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The animals that produce organic meats are raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, herbicides or other artificial drugs. Most of these animals are allowed to roam in grass-fed pastures. The grain and hay they eat are organic. The old saying, "you are what you eat," certainly applies here. When the animals eat only the best organic feed and get plenty of fresh air and exercise they produce better meat. Anyone who has tried organic meat knows that you can taste the difference. The meat is far more tender, has a better taste and is healthier for you. Animals that are allowed to roam tend to have less fat on them than animals that are confined. Free-range, grass fed animals produce meat that is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids. Many times grass-fed beef are not given grains of any kind. Instead they are managed on a high quality organic pasture with hay supplements. Many of the farms that raise organic meat are family owned. If you are looking for a local source of organic meats try a CSA or community supported agriculture farm. In addition to offering organic fruits and vegetables from their farms, many of them also offer herbs, flowers, eggs and meat. Making the switch to organic meats can help the environment too. The waste of conventional grown animals has tested high in antibiotics and hormones. This waste ends up polluting our natural water supplies. Free range animals have waste too, but not as much because fewer are raised in the same amount of space.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|