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    How important is it really? I still have my organic grass fed butter and organic cage free eggs, but I just can't afford grass fed beef.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smerchant@plusd.org View Post
    How important is it really? I still have my organic grass fed butter and organic cage free eggs, but I just can't afford grass fed beef.


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    From what I have read, the nutritional differences are measurable but likely insignificant. I buy grass-fed for the taste and I like the idea of supporting my local producer and not supporting inhumane feedlots. The idea of eating meat from a probably heavily medicated, diseased cow that has spent its last days (months?) in a crowded feedlot wallowing around in mud up to its knees is just too gross for me to handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artbuc View Post
    From what I have read, the nutritional differences are measurable but likely insignificant. I buy grass-fed for the taste and I like the idea of supporting my local producer and not supporting inhumane feedlots. The idea of eating meat from a probably heavily medicated, diseased cow that has spent its last days (months?) in a crowded feedlot wallowing around in mud up to its knees is just too gross for me to handle.
    This. The greater returns are seen with just getting humans off the grains and industrial seed oils. Though for many of us, the extra nutrition and ethical implications are worth it.

    Me personally: I'm on a college student salary (lol), and I buy it when I can afford it. I also buy cheaper cuts of both conventional (to save for the good stuff) and ethical (to afford it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smerchant@plusd.org View Post
    How important is it really? I still have my organic grass fed butter and organic cage free eggs, but I just can't afford grass fed beef.


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    Look for grass fed sausage - much less expensive.

    Also look for venison and other wild game.

    If you can eat them herring and sardines in cans.

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    I honestly feel that its benefits are undersold a little, especially when one is consuming a lot of it like I do

    I also think it would help for you to find a cheaper distributor.....my local grocery store apparently sells it for $5 a pound, frequently putting it on sale for $4 when stocks are still not sold. That is not a big jump from the feedlot stuff. I can't imagine one would be unable to find a way to buy it in bulk for around those prices, if not lower.
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    Sometimes I can find ground wagyu beef for $6 a pound. It turns out wagyu beef is grass-fed and grass-finished. It's pretty fatty and delicious so I think that's why people don't like it and why it's so cheap.
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    Buy in bulk and go in with some friends if needed. I just bought a half of of a grass finished cow for $3.15 a pound. That includes, burger, roasts, steaks and they throw in the organs and bones for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheyCallMeLazarus View Post
    I honestly feel that its benefits are undersold a little, especially when one is consuming a lot of it like I do

    I also think it would help for you to find a cheaper distributor.....my local grocery store apparently sells it for $5 a pound, frequently putting it on sale for $4 when stocks are still not sold. That is not a big jump from the feedlot stuff. I can't imagine one would be unable to find a way to buy it in bulk for around those prices, if not lower.
    I agree with this. Luckily, my local farm sells grass-fed ground beef around what regular organic ground beef is at the store. I'm on a divorced father income but I can't make myself buy anything else. I love that place and the people that run it.

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    Sounds like I should try to find a way to keep it. What about organic cage free eggs? How important are those?


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    Ethical concerns aside, as long as you are getting lean meats the difference is not significant to matter.

    Eggs would be more important imo. Get either organic or eggs from "pastured" birds. Depending on your area the latter can be found really inexpensive on Craigslist sometimes.

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