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Old 10-26-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Free range, organic meat

I was just reading a thread posted a while ago debating which type of ground meat is better for you.
I don't think it is so much which meat is better in terms of fat content, but rather that you eliminate chemicals from your diet, which is used to rear meat that is not organically produced.
I understand it is more expensive, but I don't think you can put a price on your health.
What do you think organic or not?

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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Not.

If eating meat is gonna get you, it won't be because of what the animal was fed. There are potential health issues with eating too much meat that are not alleviated by it's being organic.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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I buy local, but don't worry about organic, because organic feed is almost impossible to buy here, and it is so much more expensive. The rancher who raises my beef does not use hormones or give antibiotics unnecessarily, like commercial producers do. Also, the hamburger I get is from one animal, not a mixed together batch of meat from who knows how many.

And I know that my steer has had a pretty darned good life, out on pasture for most of it.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:54 PM   #4
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Definitely organic, but also in moderation. But it does become a challenge for many people just because of the price. I agree you can't put a price on health but there are a lot of people out there that want only the best for their family's bodies but simply can't afford the organic meats when they are 2, 3 or 4 times as much as the commercial counterparts. After rent, diapers, gas/electric bill, etc; there sometimes just isn't enough. Period.

I think Americans, on the whole, could stand to readjust their budgets to allow for more spending on quality food. It's the people that can't go without their unlimited cell phone plans, cable TV "extra" packages, etc, but then complain about not being able to afford quality food... but I guess that's the American way - "I want it all and I don't want to have to sacrifice anything to get it all."
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:00 PM   #5
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No organic meat here!
I get so many chemicals just from breathing the air and drinking the water that I am not so concerned with a tiny bit more.

Ain't none of us getting out this thing alive!

BTW.....I eat raw spinach too. If it kills me I will sue Popeye.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #6
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I buy local, not necessarily organic...but most of what I do buy could be certified organic if the provider could afford the certification. I am more concerned with buying local than buying organic or as I prefer "natural" meaning no pesticides or antibiotics.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:15 PM   #7
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Organic, free range and local.

There is so much most city folks don't understand. Free range means grass fed. You don't buy the organic feed, you grow it in your pasture.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:25 PM   #8
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Organic, free range and local.

There is so much most city folks don't understand. Free range means grass fed. You don't buy the organic feed, you grow it in your pasture.

Free range SHOULD mean grass fed. I'm not at all sure that's true in reality. In fact, the Federal Government considers chickens to be free range if the door to their coop is left open for 5 minutes a day - whether or not any chickens go outside.

...and ranchers can and do buy organic feed.
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Free range SHOULD mean grass fed. I'm not at all sure that's true in reality. In fact, the Federal Government considers chickens to be free range if the door to their coop is left open for 5 minutes a day - whether or not any chickens go outside.

...and ranchers can and do buy organic feed.
Andy, the farmers I know harvest their own hay to feed the animals in the winter.

Although I am definitely a meat-eater, I am super fussy about where that meat comes from. I prefer to eat meatless if I don't know the source of the meat.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:43 PM   #10
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For ground meat or any, I only buy it from ethical sources, butchers who raise their animals under strict criteria, usually Sussex bred on our South Downs. Or, the Scottish Highlands of Aberdeenshire. Their meat tastes lovely. Its organically reared, free range. Perfect. When I buy ground beef, its always Aberdeen Angus. It has limited fat content, too.
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