“Most people agree that sustainably raised foods simply taste better than anything produced by industrial agriculture. Ever compared a fresh tomato from a farmers’ market to a tomato grown on a megafarm and shipped before it’s even ripened? There’s a dramatic difference. Likewise, you can expect sustainably raised meats to be much more flavorful than factory farmed varieties. It’s no surprise that top restaurants and chefs choose to serve sustainable meat — it just tastes better!
Sustainably raised meats have a wide range of nutritional benefits. Compared to factory farmed meat, sustainable meat from animals raised on pasture contains less fat, fewer calories, and higher levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, beta carotene, and other important nutrients. As an added benefit, sustainably raised meat is produced without the use of growth hormones, nontherapeutic antibiotics, or unsavory feed additives that undermine public health. And of course, unlike factory farms, sustainable farms don’t sicken workers and neighbors by spewing harmful pollutants into the environment.
Sustainably raised meats are typically processed either on the farm, or at small-scale facilities that cater to small scale farmers and strive to maintain high standards of food safety. Factory farmed meat is chopped up at huge, industrial slaughterhouses where rapid production lines dramatically increase the risk of contamination by foodborne pathogens. As a result, these industrial processing facilities have been associated with major outbreaks of foodborne illness such as E. coli— and are periodically forced to conduct massive recalls of tainted meat in order to contain the damage done to the public. Although pathogens can contaminate any type of food, the abysmal safety record of factory farmed meat from mega-slaughterhouses leads many consumers to choose sustainably raised meat instead.
Farms and Communities
Purchasing sustainably raised meat helps support farmers who raise livestock responsibly. Given the dramatic shift towards industrial megafarms and the get-big-or-get-out philosophy of agriculture, it’s more important than ever to support the small family farms that continue to raise fresh, nutritious meat and produce using sustainable agricultural practices. Family farms also play a vital role in rural areas, stimulating local economies, strengthening community ties, and protecting natural resources for future generations. You can make your food dollars count by supporting these farms when you purchase meat.
On sustainable farms, animals are treated humanely; they’re able to graze on pasture, carry out natural behaviors, and live without undue stress or cruel treatment. Factory farms, on the other hand, severely compromise animal welfare by cramming livestock into small, enclosed buildings where filthy, crowded conditions lead to excessive stress and widespread disease. These animals suffer needlessly so that factory farms can produce cheap meat, and this cruelty is subsidized with your tax dollars.
Factory farms have devastating impacts on the environment, continuously polluting air, surface water, groundwater, and soil with a host of hazardous contaminants. Fortunately, sustainable farms recognize the importance of environmental stewardship, and use responsible agricultural practices to protect the environment for future generations. When you buy meat from a sustainable farm, you help support these efforts.”
Our cows live their lives eating grasses year round; they graze our pastures during the summer months and eat baled hay (grasses cut from our fields) throughout the winter months. Our cows are never fed grain or given any hormones or growth enhancers of any type.
Further information on the benefits of Buy Local can be found at www.eatwild.com
WindSwept Angus, LLC
393 Pas Road, Ulster, PA 18850