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    Reading this mornings The Sunday Times stumbled upon an interesting article:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article6936352.ece


    I wonder what content of minerals and vitamins that kind of meat has.. if any..

    I doubt strongly that it's going to be nutritious "grass-fed-quality" product


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    I was at a fairly nice restaurant and in their steak section they actually highlighted the fact that all their acquired beef is proudly corn fed!!!! As if that was a selling point? Sometimes you just have to wonder...

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      "Corn fed" has meant fattier, more tender beef for a hundred years. Generally, that's what people have wanted and most still do.


      Yes, it is a selling point.

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        Blech, I visited the states not too long ago and couldn't figure out why the meat all tasted so weird until someone pointed out that it's corn fed.


        Yay for alberta beef! lol

        The more I see the less I know for sure.
        -John Lennon

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          Can't make corn or grains forever. Fossil fuels are going to run out sooner than later, and hopefully the people realize this sooner than later, because those will not be good days. Time for change is now, and it will always be now.

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            Haven't you heard of Kobe beef - it's a "delicacy" - super expensive.


            From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_beef)

            "In accordance with popular belief, the cattle are fed a beer a day, and they are massaged with sake daily and brushed for setting fur, and fed on grain fodder."


            Argentina has a tradition of grass-fed beef. I was there for a few months a couple years ago - it's the tenderest, most juicy, most delicious steak I've ever had. (Well, until I started buying local grass-fed beef from the farmer's market.)

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              No feed lots in Alberta?


              Neo, we had some comments here, I think linking to a news story, that more and more Argentine beef is going through feedlots.


              Grass fed beef is leaner. It literally CANNOT be juicier than a feed lot steer. That's why they feed it there, keep the muscle movement minimized and feed it fattening corn and soy. Perhaps you had one of those new fangled feed lot steers.

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                Yeah, I've read about the increasing use of feed lots in Argentina as well. At least 2 of the times I had steak there I know for a fact it was grass-fed. Perhaps the juiciness I refer to is the blood/water of a very rare steak. I do remember it being quite lean.

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                  Feed lots in Alberta most certainly aren't corn based! lol Yes commercial alberta beef is grain finished, but most farmers will sell you a yearling, which has eaten nothing but grass! There is a reason our beef is world famous!

                  The more I see the less I know for sure.
                  -John Lennon

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                    I think it depends a lot on the conditions on which the grass-fed cattle are kept. The beef I buy is from black angus cattle pasture-grazed on lush green pastures in the Mid-Atlantic area. I know the owner well and I have been to his property. They don't have to move much to get mouthfuls of green grass. The meat is tender, juicy, and has the most delicious flavor. They are fed hay in winter which he also raises on his own property. The meat is far better than any grain-fed I have had. On the other hand, my husband has had some grass-fed beef from the rangelands of Montana. It was tough and much leaner - the cattle there have to work much harder to get a day's worth of food.

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                      This is a good point lbd!

                      The more I see the less I know for sure.
                      -John Lennon

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                        Oh wow...I think that's all I have to say about this...otherwise I might go on a rant. Hopefully people never have to buy that kind of meat.

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