We know how to compare prices, but what about often confusing meat labels? Are sustainable cuts worth the extra buck?
You bet. Not only does their production have less impact on the environment, but they’re healthier and taste better, too.
>> Grass-fed, as opposed to grain-fed, cows tend to be leaner and the meat contains more nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. This label also suggests the animals were treated humanely and allowed to roam freely.
>> Free-range is a term used with poultry, beef, and pork. Although free-range does not necessarily indicate a certain diet, it suggests that the animals grazed on grass. It also suggests they were allowed to roam freely.
>> Locally raised meats have traveled only a short distance to reach your market. According to the Organic Consumers Association, the average food item travels 2,000 miles from farm to fork. Buying local meats helps reduce transportation costs and emissions.
>> USDA Natural meats are minimally processed and contain no added ingredients, such as nitrates. However, these animals may have been fed antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products.
>> USDA Organic cuts are minimally processed and contain no added ingredients. These animals have not been fed antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products. Livestock raised organically may have been fed grains or grasses.