There’s nothing like tucking into a delicious beef steak or roast for a Sunday lunch; one of life’s great simple pleasures.
But, if you have an increasing desire to know where that piece of beef came from instead of randomly grabbing a cut off the supermarket shelf, here are some interesting facts about the benefits of eating organic beef, as Matt Moran found out when he visited Leanne and Alan Wood at Milawa Organic Beef
Organic beef farming is more humane
- Cattle get to experience the outdoors grazing naturally on grass instead of being forced into feed sheds.
- Cattle live virtually stress free; they’re herded by foot and aren’t subjected to bikes, utes and stockwhips.
- The animals are treated with respect; no cruelty is used in their lives.
- Cattle aren’t given prohibited chemicals, hormones or other growth supplements.
- They’re grass fed instead of being given commercial feed which can contain animal by-products. Calm cattle means tenderer meat.
Organic beef farming is environmentally friendly
- There are no chemical pesticides used that can contaminate groundwater and soil.
- Organic farms use less energy than industrial farms because they use ecological management strategies.
Organic beef farming is healthier
- Because the cattle aren’t fed any antibiotics, bovine human growth hormone (rgGH) or any other type of drugs or chemicals, these aren’t being passed onto you through consumption.
- And again, because the land doesn’t come into contact with chemical pesticides or fertilisers, you’re not being contaminated by those chemicals.
- It’s been reported that grass fed organic beef has higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids and lower levels of omega 6.