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  • #16
    The cost difference makes me sad. Grass fed/wild/organic should be the standard, not the exception!
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    • #17
      Part of the expense is also the labeling process, and this boggles my mind. It costs a lot for these farmers to have their products labeled organic/grass-fed because they have to prove it. Wish it were reversed and those trying to sell items that aren't real food had to spend money proving their food isn't doing harm. We'll be attempting to grow ourown crops again this summer.

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      • #18
        I think the answer is subsidies and economies of scale. Laws regarding slaughter often penalize smaller operations, too. This article has a few other answers.
        Why Grassfed Meat Costs More and Is Worth It | Tender Grassfed Meat
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
          The cost difference makes me sad. Grass fed/wild/organic should be the standard, not the exception!
          While that sounds good if everything was organic, wild or grass fed there would not be enough food to feed the world population. It is not only about profits as many would like to think.

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          • #20
            If you buy a large quantity from a local farmer the price drops dramatically. I bough 100lbs of pastured beef for $4/ lb Canadian. 50lbs was ground 10lbs stir fry the remaining 40 lbs is made up of steaks and roasts. Even if I did not buy as much the ground is sold for $4/lb.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by ecole66 View Post
              While that sounds good if everything was organic, wild or grass fed there would not be enough food to feed the world population. It is not only about profits as many would like to think.
              Of course it's only about profits. The system rewards companies who exacerbate the world's overpopulation problem by turning all the world's biomass into human mass in the most effective way possible. So every time we exceed the carrying capacity of the planet, we just put more land to the plow and destroy entire ecosystems in the name of monoculture. You don't think profits drive this? You think Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill are benevolent and would still send the food to the "starving Africans" if it came out of their own pocket?

              Here's just a few dozen links/examples as to how backward your thinking is.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                Of course it's only about profits. The system rewards companies who exacerbate the world's overpopulation problem by turning all the world's biomass into human mass in the most effective way possible. So every time we exceed the carrying capacity of the planet, we just put more land to the plow and destroy entire ecosystems in the name of monoculture. You don't think profits drive this? You think Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill are benevolent and would still send the food to the "starving Africans" if it came out of their own pocket?

                Here's just a few dozen links/examples as to how backward your thinking is.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                  it always comes back to quinn
                  At least I'm consistent
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                  • #24
                    Thank you all for your answers.

                    Rich, maybe not in my lifetime, but I think organic sustainable production of food is the only answer for long term. And while small farmers may not be making a lot of money, I recently read (I didn't bookmark it) that some of the larger organic farms, like ones that have been doing it since the 70s are more profitable than some factory food entities. Surely just the clear cutting of old growth (rain) forests to raise cattle and soy is just one factor that shows that CAFO is short-sighted.

                    Machines doing the work of humans was something I didn't factor in. And the shoe analogy was perfect. Maybe by the time I'm a rickety old cavewoman of 100, our efforts and those of other folks (don't count out those veggie folks) will bring prices more in line.

                    Sydney. Oops. It's not that I don't like children, I'm just a bit noise averse. I never had any (always figured I was too nuts to be a good mother), so my nervous system isn't adapted to squeals, tantrums, etc. I actually think children are quite fun and ask the best questions.

                    Again, thank you everyone!
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                      Of course it's only about profits. The system rewards companies who exacerbate the world's overpopulation problem by turning all the world's biomass into human mass in the most effective way possible. So every time we exceed the carrying capacity of the planet, we just put more land to the plow and destroy entire ecosystems in the name of monoculture. You don't think profits drive this? You think Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill are benevolent and would still send the food to the "starving Africans" if it came out of their own pocket?
                      I tend to agree with you.

                      BTW when I buy half a beef it comes to about $4.80 a pound for pastured beef, not certified organic. I know the farmer and the meat is raised w/in biking distance of my house so I am familiar with the way it's raised.
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                      • #26
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                        • #27
                          Its only noticeably more expensive when you compare equivalent cuts side by side at a grocery retailer. A retailer will always charge what they can get away with. You can save $$ by not buying grocery store meat.

                          I don't buy my grass fed beef by the cut at a retailer. I buy it by the 1/2 or 1/4 from a local grower, butchered by a local butcher. I end up paying about $5.50/lb (cut, wrapped & flash frozen) for everything from ground beef to prime rib. Our game meat is naturally organic and grass fed, and costs about half as much, and we get most of it made into hamburger and sausage.

                          I see the biggest price difference in chicken. I can buy grocery store whole chickens on sale for $2/lb but the free run, family raised, no hormone, antibiotic free, omnivorous, kitchen scrap and bug eating whole chickens -- when available -- cost about $3.25/lb.
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                          • #28
                            Feeding animals on grass on land you rent/own produces less yield than feeding cows grain. You need quite a lot of land to feed animals, where as with grain feeding, you need extremely little. Organic requires higher standards of welfare since you can't use antibiotics on the animals. Thats the long and short of it.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by AMonkey View Post
                              You need quite a lot of land to feed animals, where as with grain feeding, you need extremely little.
                              But, doesn't the grain grow on land?

                              Yeah, I know, but js - overall land use is still largely equivalent, yes?

                              If the USDA encouraged more cattle ranchers, and less corn farmers, grass-fed beef would drop in price while the same amount of land remained agricultural.

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                              • #30
                                The reason standard ag is so cheap is because the environmental costs are externalized. They are either paid for right now by others (other than those who actually profit) or else the costs are pushed forward into the future. For example, a person raising hogs in an indoor hog operation (same for indoor chickens) does not own the hogs. He is only a contractor. He will eventually be responsible for the cleanup of the lagoons. He is forced to take out loans to upgrade the equipment. He's paid a very low wage. I saw in some movie that a lady running an indoor chicken operation was paid $18,000 a year and had to take out million dollar loans for upgrades whenever the industry wanted new equipment that would increase production. This sort of externalizing the costs happens in a lot of industries, not just farming.

                                You all should see Joe Salatin's talk from the AHS 2012. His farm is extremely fecund and productive and he has a LOT to say on the subject of farm productivity and how we're going to have to do things if we want to be truly alive, human and have a decent future. Really inspiring.
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