The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a new voluntary "grass-fed" label that will allow consumers to identify meat from cows and other animals raised on a natural diet of grass. Cows raised on grass, the natural diet that they evolved to eat, are healthier than cows in feedlots that are fed corn, which they have trouble digesting. To qualify for the label, animals must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Beef from cows raised in these smart pasture operations also has health benefits for consumers and is easier on the environment according to a UCS study. Read the announcement of the new label
This is good news for meat eaters since most commercial beef on the market is grain fed, therefore, lacking all the proper nutrients in their diets to remain healthy. In turn, this means a healthy array of Omega-3 fats in your diet. Are you a Restauranteur? Next time you stop at Black Angus, OutBack or similar, now you can ask your waiter if the beef is grass fed. The USDA has made it so.