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  • Grassfed vs CAFO poll

    I'm just wondering where the community stands in general. I've made this a private poll, so no one will know who answered what. Please take restaurant food into consideration, also.

    Thanks!
    69
    All CAFO - it's what I can afford.
    20.29%
    14
    All CAFO - grassfed is a scam.
    1.45%
    1
    No CAFO - I'd rather do without than eat CAFO.
    4.35%
    3
    80+% Grassfed/Wild
    42.03%
    29
    60+% Grassfed/Wild
    23.19%
    16
    40+% Grassfed/Wild
    4.35%
    3
    20+% Grassfed/Wild
    4.35%
    3
    Other
    0.00%
    0
    Last edited by JoanieL; 07-15-2013, 06:27 AM.
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    I would say we are actually more around 98%, since we will rarely eat CAFO meat when dining out.
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    • #3
      I'm pretty much in the 90s also. My big fail is eggs. I often run out and don't want to go to the farmers market just for eggs. Nor do I want to buy five dozen at a time and lug them home on the trolley car.
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      • #4
        I wonder when ChocoTaco comes in and skews some of the ratios.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
          I would say we are actually more around 98%, since we will rarely eat CAFO meat when dining out.
          This is pretty close to where I'm at. On the odd occasion that I eat out, I'll eat CAFO. At home for me, (DH is not primal) its 100% grassfed/wild.
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          • #6
            If I am buying it, I buy grassfed almost always. Yesterday I was at Whole Foods and the grassfed looked awful so I got the local free-fed product. If I'm at a restaurant I eat whatever they give me.
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            • #7
              I buy grass finished when I can afford it. When I can't, I buy grass fed. Sometimes I have to buy conventional.

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              • #8
                CAFO for now, but I plan to work my way up to grass-fed when I can afford it and feel more like taking the initiative to find a place to buy it from (too much else to deal with right now, but lack of funds is the main reason).

                I do buy cage-free eggs--still grain-fed and probably not any more healthy for me, but at least it's somewhat better for the chickens they come from. Hopefully.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by oceangrl View Post
                  I buy grass finished when I can afford it. When I can't, I buy grass fed. Sometimes I have to buy conventional.
                  From this guest post in the blog: What You Should Know About Beef Production Claims | Mark's Daily Apple (about a third way down the page)

                  The USDA standard for grass fed beef requires that grass and forage be the food source for grass fed cows for the entirety of the animal’s life. The standard does allow, of course, for grass fed calves to drink their mother’s milk but they cannot be fed grain and must have “continuous access to pasture during the growing season.” Stockpiled forage such as hay is acceptable and used widely in grass fed beef production, typically just in the winter. Notice that because the term “grass fed” can only be used when the animal is fed forage for the entirety of the animal’s life, the term “grass finished” doesn’t actually add any meaning when used in conjunction with “grass fed.” Here at Tendergrass Farms we originally didn’t use the term “grass finished” but we started getting so many phone calls from customers asking if our beef was grass fed and grass finished that we decided to use that language on our website to help clarify the issue. Many other grass fed beef farms and organizations use the same language to describe their 100% grass fed beef.
                  Just an FYI. I thought there was a difference also.
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                  • #10
                    CAFO - Its what I can find around here.

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                    • #11
                      Being out and about would be the only non grass fed time but I am even finding a lot of restaurants around here offering it now. I have half a dozen within walking distance of my house.

                      So, if a friend's cooking, I don't make a fuss or on vacation you take what you can get.

                      Overall, somewhere in the 90s.

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                      • #12
                        Am on a tight budget, but I try to get wild fish and game where I can. at 30 Euros a Kilo for grassfed often is too much for me, but sometimes I get me that tasty bite (and it DOES taste different, alone the texture is different..)

                        ansered 20%+ for grass fed. once I get a raise I will definitely invest that in better food :-)

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                        • #13
                          80% of the meat I eat nowadays is ruminant meat. Their digestive systems are exalted for their ability to purify their foods - the obscene cost increase from CAFO beef to grassfed beef is totally not worth it at supermarket prices because it's only marginally better. There are some exceptions - when Shop Rite has the grassfed whole beef tenderloin for $6.99/lb I'm game and pick that up. But generally, I subsist on lean cuts of CAFO beef. Now if I had room for a chest freezer in my apartment, I'd gladly buy half a cow. I'd pull out my credit card right now. Unfortunately, I cannot get a chest freezer due to a complete and total lack of space. If you have room for a chest freezer, you should be buying bulk grassfed if you can find an average $4-5/lb

                          Lamb I only buy Australian or New Zealand - no US lamb. The price is about the same, often less, and it is much better quality. Typically it's "free range" with "no added hormones," etc. I would gladly eat a lot more lamb if it weren't so fatty compared to beef.

                          Chicken and pork are probably much more important to buy organic. I simply don't buy much chicken or pork, and the rare chicken I buy is almost always chicken breast, which from what I've seen isn't too bad since almost all the toxins reside in the fat.

                          Fish I will only buy wild. Never farmed. Never. Shrimp, I don't care. Farmed is the same as wild.
                          Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 07-15-2013, 01:37 PM.
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                          • #14
                            I like to buy local grass-fed lamb. It's really delicious, but it's terribly expensive so it is a rare treat. Otherwise, except for New Zealand lamb (which I assume is grass-fed but don't check) I go pretty much CAFO on everything ruminant.
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                            • #15
                              Choco, why never farmed fish?

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