Grass fed beef is superior to “regular” beef
March 25, 2012
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Update (August 2016): My original post is below, but since then I have experienced some grass fed beef that has changed my opinion about the taste. I traveled to Iceland where they raise beef and it is all grass fed–and what I had was excellent! This does not mean, of course, that all grass fed beef is automatically tasty (just like corn fed beef), but it illustrates the potential.
Well, if you like dry, chewy beef, this may not be a myth for you. That, unfortunately, is how almost all grass-fed beef stacks up against corn-fed. Y’know, people didn’t start feeding corn to steers just for the heck of it! It produces a better product. Oh, you can find people who will look you in the eye and claim that grass-fed beef tastes better, but if you look closely you might see a bit of a twitch at the corner of their mouth (for the humor-impaired, that’s a joke so don’t get all het up).
There’s no denying that there are problems with the feedlot system, from which most beef in the US comes. This involves both the treatment of the animals and environmental issues. There’s more than one side to this issue, however. The fact is, most grass-fed beef comes from South America, where vast tracts of rain forest are leveled to make pasture for the cattle. Your grass-fed steak may not actually be as environmentally friendly as you think.