After receiving an eye-roll from a friend attempting to (poorly) defend “quality” fast food, he asked me, “what’s your beef with beef?” Making my own face, one of disbelief, I thoughtfully answered his question with a little something like this…
Cows are a bit lazy. They don’t exercise very much. If they’re lucky, they live on a free range farm, able to roam about, but most don’t have it so great. And boy, do they sure eat a lot of corn and straw (straw comes from wheat by the way). The typical cow spends its days side by side other cows getting fatter by eating corn. Although a cow’s natural diet is grass, industrial farmers insist on feeding livestock cheap feed to fatten them up. What’s the big deal? Well, if you eat these cows, animals meant to eat grass, not only do you run the risk of contracting E. coli more easily, you’re consuming nutritionally inferior food. Since you are what you eat, you are also whatever what you are eating eats! This is your beef, simplified. Still hungry?
Surprised by these basics? Test out your MOO Quotient over at my WellWire devised article on organic meats and livestock. See how your meat measures up and how you can beef up in a healthier way!
If you live in the city you might not be aware that hunters are out tracking deer right now. For a healthy, seasonal alternative to beef, consider teaming up with a local hunter to taste another game!