First on our scope of what groceries you should start buying organic…and which ones you can save money on and buy the “normal stuff,” let’s take a look at meat…(I know, any vegetarian or vegan readers are gonna cringe when I finish this post)
But at least buying organic meat will be better for the environment, health, and animal welfare.
What does “organic” mean as far as meat?
In order for meat to be considered organic, at least the following three requirements must be met…
- 1. animals must be raised without antibiotics and hormones
- 2. animals must be given proper veterinary treatment whenever necessary
- 3. animals must have access to the outdoors, sunlight, and clean water
Organic beef not only helps you avoid the extra additives and chemicals especially the growth hormones given to livestock to make them grow larger faster—found in non-organic beef, the beef actually is a better quality.
Buying organic beef also is leaner and has higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids.
In order for beef to be considered organic, the cows must graze in open pastures for at least 120 days per year…instead of being cooped up indoors without any grazing time in pastures at all, which is typically the case.
There is much debate as to whether or not organic poultry is better than “conventional” poultry as far as nutrition, but regardless there are plenty enough reasons to buy organic, including…
- is better for the animals because in order for chickens to be classified as organic, they must be allowed access outdoors
- is also better for the animal because they cannot be injected with the antibiotics given to “typical” chickens to to help boost flavor and add moisture
- is better for the environment because antibiotic-laden run-off is poisonous to wildlife
- prevents antibiotic-lader run-off from making its way into your water supply
- the meat typically contains less salt, preservatives and other additives
Pigs are conventionally injected with vaccinations, hormones and pharmaceuticals in order for themX to get fatter in a shorter period of time.,,,(by the way, please make sure that I don’t get any of these myself)…which means that you could possibly be affected by these hormones and pharmaceuticals yourself.
Not only can eating organic pork—including bacon, sausage, and deli meats—help you avoid these hormones and pharmaceuticals, is can also keep you from being exposed to chemical preservatives—such as nitrate and nitrite—which have been linked to gastric cancer and birth defects.