Grass Fed Meat - Better for Us and for the Animals

Beware of cereal-based livestock diets: Cows, sheep and other ruminants were traditionally raised on pastures and therefore ate mainly grass. This gave them a very healthy n-3 to n-6 ratio. Cereal-based diets are unnatural and result in a harmful n-3 to n-6 ratio.

When and why did livestock diets change?

Livestock diets changed with the advent of intensive farming methods during the twentieth century. Grass was replaced with feeds based on cereals such as corn and soya beans. These cereals are low in n-3 PUFAs and high in n-6 PUFAs. This translates directly into a poor n-3 to n-6 ratio in the meat products.

How much difference does the livestock diet make?

The impact of moving livestock away from pastures is progressive. The longer the animals spend away from grass, the lower their n-3 levels become. This is because grass is high in n-3 PUFAs and the PUFAs consumed in the animal's diet are reflected in the eventual PUFA content of their muscle.

Where can I get grass fed meat?

There is a growing awareness of the importance of meat raised on grass to our health. Local butchers and some supermarket chains recognize this trend and make a point of promoting the product. It can also be ordered over the internet for delivery in vacuum-sealed containers.

Read the full article about grass fed meat (available from 30th September 2012)