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Do you want to know if organic meat is better for you? Then you must care about your food and more importantly what type of meat you’re feeding your family.
Does it makes a difference what type of meat you buy? Do you like to buy organic meat? How do you know it’s really organic meat?
There are a lot of questions when it’s comes to the topic of organic food. People on both side of the spectrum can discuss their beliefs and argue on what’s right and what’s wrong when the topic of “organic food” is raised.
The other day as I was having a debate with a friend, who’s an a gym junkie that loves his meat but is also becoming more conscious of animal welfare. He told me he wanted to eat organic but wanted to know if organic meat is better for you?
In this article, we would like to share what we’ve learnt when it comes to buying and eating organic meat.
First of all, what is the general consensus around the meaning behind food being classed as organic?
What is Organic Meat?
Most people would tell you, organic meat is livestock that has access to outdoors, fed organic feed and has no added hormones or antibiotics. Basically organic meat is livestock that raised to a standard set by industry bodies within the organic food industry. Here you can find more info on the Australian Certified Organic Standard.
Is Organic Meat Really Better For You?
First of all, The USDA “makes no claim that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.
Also, recently in the states, the USDA has rescinded the claim around animal welfare in relation to organic meat, meaning the the livestock and poultry are free to do as they please with animal welfare. Also, there’s no real policy on organic meat.
With all the confusion around organic and conventional meat, it’s hard to discern what the truth really is.
Here’s a few things to look out for to know your meat is organic.
- Check labels
I don’t always believe labels especially when the companies owning the products are greedy corporations just out to make money. But when I do check labels, I make sure I know what I’m buying. For more info on labels, check out this helpful article by ABC Rural news here.
- Check the company’s profile and mission
If the labels don’t help, do some research on the company and their produce. Most times you’ll be able to find out a lot about a company that is ethical and trustworthy buy reading through their company profile.
Maybe you couldn’t find anything from their company profile, you can always check with help resources like ACO’s, Australia Organic Food Directory or Sustainabletable.org’s register to help you make an informed decision.
- Check reviews online and friends
If you have friends that buy organic meat, ask them if they know about that company’s produce or reputation.
When in doubt, check online reviews about the company, there is nothing that mighty google can’t tell you and if there is bad reviews about the company or produce, you know you will find it online.
With all best efforts, it’s always best to do your research. Yeah, I know you’re busy but to help with the research and make it easier for you, I’ve put together the above list of to do’s so you can do the due diligence to help you make the best decision when it comes to eating meat.
Organic meat is better for you health wise because it’s free of unnatural hormones and antibiotics but all do your research to ensure you are looking after your family.
In conclusion, I believe a plant based or vegan philosophy will always be better for you and the environment but while you still eating meat, it’s best to find the best organic meat.
Want to know more about how organic food is better for you? You can check out our post “Is Organic Food Healthier than Conventional Food?”
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