Most beef in supermarkets is ‘feedlot finished‘ (fattened with grain). Each animal has five to 10 square metres of space in a pen of 50 to 200 cattle. In these cramped conditions, cattle are forced to stand and sleep in their own manure and endure extremes of weather.
Close confinement means a much higher risk of disease so antibiotic drugs are routinely used. Grain feed commonly causes the cattle’s digestive systems to be acidic.
- Talk to your butcher and ask for grass-fed, chemical-free meat from a local producer.