Shoppers who toss a package of meat into their shopping cart probably haven’t given much thought to the animal’s health, where it came from, or how it was raised. It likely grazed on pastures grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with weed killers. It was probably shipped hundreds of miles to feedlots, packed in with other animals, stuffed with pesticide-treated corn and soy, and then given antibiotics to prevent illness and synthetic hormones to fatten it up for slaughter.
The conditions in which an animal was raised, access to pasture, fresh air, exercise and diet directly affects the nourishment it provides. For those who care about the quality and source of their food, research shows that eating grass-fed meat is a healthier choice. “100% grass-fed” means that the animal has been fed only grass and other greens throughout its life, with access to free-range grazing during its growing season, thereby producing much healthier meat.