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Do you know what the meat you’re eating is eating?

By Jennifer Sage On September 27, 2012 Under Nutrition

I saw this article on the cattle industry feeding cows gummy bears, ice cream sprinkles, cookies, and chocolate, and it gave me the chills, so I thought I’d share it with you. I imagine most people would like to know what the food they are eating is eating.

I’ve long had issues with the US meat industry and its practices, especially after watching the Food, Inc. and Fast Food Nation films and other videos (usually posted on Facebook) about the cruel treatment of these animals. Top that with hormones given to cows, GMOs, and companies like Monsanto poisoning our food supply, and I’m almost ready to ditch meat altogether!

…Well, maybe not that far, but I am eating less of it. I kind of like the idea of Meatless Mondays! We have bought into a 1/4 grass-fed cow from a small farm in Fort Collins which we should get next month (still need to purchase an extra freezer), so I will know where that meat came from and what it ate, and will feel better that it was killed humanely. Also, I try to only buy organic chicken or at least from small farms, or a company like Coleman because (from what I’ve heard) they treat their chickens more humanely.

But there is still a lot I can learn. Does anyone have any sage advice about the best companies from whom to purchase meat or eggs, or which ones to definitely avoid?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa
    September 29, 2012
    11:00 am #comment-1

    I think maybe you missed the worst part – cows don’t eat corn! They eat grass. When they are force fed corn it makes them sick. I heard, not sure if it is true, that somewhere, someone is trying to breed a cow that can eat corn. Oh boy.

  2. Wendy
    November 30, 2012
    7:34 pm #comment-2

    online at Niman Ranch?

    http://store.nimanranch.com/

  3. Jennifer Sage
    December 1, 2012
    1:53 am #comment-3

    Wendy,
    thanks so much for that link! Not sure if I told you that we bought a 1/4 grass fed side of beef. It came from Fort Collins. I’ll have to check out this ranch!
    js

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