Organic or "regular" meat?

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Do you buy organic or "regular" meat?

  1. I only buy organic meat

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    2.2%
  2. I buy mostly organic meat

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    11.1%
  3. I raise and eat my own meat

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  4. I buy some organic and some regular

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    28.9%
  5. I buy regular meat only

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    31.1%
  6. There is no difference between organic and regular meat

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  7. I don't eat ANY meat

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    6.7%
  8. Chicken Sammich

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    2.2%
  1. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    Teagan mostly gets store bought stuff as well, although I do suppliment with grass raised Buffaloo from the local health food store, when I can. But next fall when Tyler gets into hunting. Im hoping I can feed her venison.
     
  2. Lilavati

    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    That's what I was trying to say, about the antibiotics, but you said it better. The organic standards ban any use of antibiotics. I actually don't approve of that, because a sick animal should be treated (not left to suffer or slaughtered and thrown away because it died sick), and I don't mind eating an animal that has been treated at some point with antibiotics. But I DO object to large scale, routine dosing of animals with antibiotics to counteract overcrowding and unnatural diets (one reason they gain more weight), not only because its countering inhumane conditions, but because its outright dangerous to everyone else by creating drug resistant bugs.

    But in a grocery, you pretty much have a choice between regular (routine drugs) and organic (no drugs). A lot of small farms (that can't afford organic certification) hit the happy medium . . . they don't dose routinely, but they admit to using antibiotics for valid veterinary reasons. That's fine with me.
     
  3. ravennr

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    as soon as visiting a small farm in person and buying from them is a possibility for us, i would love to do it.

    i've been toying with the idea of following my sister and going to school for sustainable agriculture. she's taught me quite a few interesting things, not just about what we eat.
     
  4. Skivvies

    Skivvies New Member

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    I don't eat meat, but I buy organic cage-free eggs and sometimes organic dairy. I'd really like to begin eating more locally-grown food.
     
  5. Saeleofu

    Saeleofu Active Member

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    Our eggs are from our own chickens. I never liked eggs before, but I like the eggs our chickens make!

    I wish I could afford (or even find!) meat from rare breeds. The motto in the farms at the zoo is "conservation through consumption" so I'd be thrilled to find some rare breed beef or pork. Funny how with all the cattle around here, it's easier to find alligator than rare breed beef.
     
  6. Zoom

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    Feedlots are where you'll find the cows standing knee high in poop. There's a lot of feedlots between Denver and KC and I think I've driven past most of them. You learn to hold your breath when you see a certain mile marker, LOL!

    I usually just buy whatever is at the store because that's where my budget is right now. However, I do very, very much prefer the taste of grass-fed beef. I've had toooooo many hamburgers that tasted like feedlot to like the typical grain-fed, feedlot beef that tends to be the cheaper buy. Slaughterhouses are going to be cleaner than feedlots, just by virtue of the cows not standing around for more than 12 hours before getting processed. When I'm in a better position to do so, I'm going to buy a big chest freezer and buy half a cow from a local rancher.

    We get our eggs and honey from a lady my mother works with that has her own farm. You cannot beat actual free-range, farm-fresh eggs. They are just amazing.
     
  7. Saeleofu

    Saeleofu Active Member

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    True that! Gavroche and Logan would agree, too. Logan gets SUPER excited when we bring the eggs in. Gavroche has resorted to turning down cold eggs and only eating fresh-from-the-chicken eggs lol
     
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    My family has a natural beef company, so the dogs and I are pretty lucky. That grocery store crap from factory farms is downright icky. We do vaccinate and worm, but no hormones/antibiotics. Any calves get sick and need treated, they are treated and sold on the regular market instead of going into our natural beef program. A good portion of our cows and both our bulls have actual names, not just numbers. Same with other ranchers in the area that sell their calves to us for the natural beef program. Of which all the primal cuts go to the Boise co-op. It is grain finished, but again all local good stuff and all on a small scale with minimal miles. I think that something that local is much better than overpriced "organic" thats got 300+ miles on it. Plus it grosses me out bigtime that to get an "organic" label you cannot worm your stock.... mmmm liver flukes! *gag*

    We also have about 80 head of ewes and two rams. Pasture raised, homegrown lamb is so much better than that overpriced crap they fly in from NZ/AUS.

    I much prefer working the cows to the sheep though. Sheep are so dumb. :rolleyes:

    My mom buys a couple pigs each year from a local pig farmer and has the guy who butchers our lamb do the pigs for us. Mmmmm actual real bacon.... drool....

    And a neighbor down the road has laying hens that we donate all our veggie/fruit/etc scraps to in exchange for eggs. They are in a roomy chicken house with a fenced in/roofed yard to keep them safe from predators. She also raises a few batches of meat chickens every year and my mom buys 10 or so from her usually. OMG I usually don't like chicken at all, but those roasters are so delicious!

    And my little bro hunts. I went to have dinner with him last night and we had tasty elk steaks and salad. Omnomnom....

    Dogs and I are pretty lucky to have access to this stuff. :)
     
  9. sillysally

    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    This!

    The birds do get organic fruit and veggies if I buy them fresh ones. Birds are fairly sensitive to chemicals.
     
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    I barely eat meat - if I do though, I buy organic. :) Usually from a regional supermarket.
     
  11. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    Just regular. I don't really eat a ton of meat... my boyfriend on the other hand. Bleh. He eats it every meal
     
  12. Dreeza

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    Just joined a farmer's thingy...so now I get my local, organic, grass-fed, free range meat. And also eggs from free range chickens!!!

    Sooo awesome!

    And there is most definitely a difference.

    When people ask me if beef is healthy...my answer is ALWAYS "if it is free-range, grass fed, organic...then YES, very, very healthy". If not, then NO!!!
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I don't really pay attention. Lately been eating a lot of quail, pheasant, and venison. I guess that counts as organic and free range, right? :p

    I like having a family full of hunters and I want to start joining them and bringing home my own meat.
     
  14. PitBullLove

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    I'd like to buy organic. But I buy whatever is cheapest. If it's organic, that's a plus.
     
  15. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I don't eat it :p

    But when I buy for Rosey or the ferrets, I get organic, grass-fed free range
     
  16. AllieMackie

    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

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    Whatever's for a good price, if I'm honest. Though I do very much prefer the taste of close to home when I can.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Organic free range meat. My mom orders it in bulk from some farm we visited once. The animals are well taken care of and a combo of her wanting healthier meat/me wanting happier animals caused the change lol the meat is always delicious and we don't feel as bad. Being from Haiti, having meat from animals that are naturally raised made sense to her and for her fam
     

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