June 28, 2018
I believe options are good. Everyone has the God given right to choose. One of those choices we all have is to consider where we purchase our meat, specifically our beef.
So where does that leave us in the battle of choosing to acquire our beef from small local farms versus large Agribusiness (your typical grocery store)? My thoughts are small farms produce less volume but are more likely to grow, consistent, tasteful healthful foods and might be more environmentally friendly, while large Agribusiness are sometimes environmentally unfriendly but raise large amounts of food that are cheaper in price and quality.
In conclusion it is not just about growing more good beef. The structure of today’s food economy is not inevitable; rather it is a reflection of choices. The future we seek is a matter of making a choice to create and strengthen local and regional markets that support family farmers, and in turn fortify the health and prosperity of all Americans. I argue that both Industrial farming and small farms have a place in our society. For the conscious consumer, I’ll just say this: I still stand by my belief that supporting small, local farms is best-when possible. You can easily audit the local farm on their standards such as Grass Fed, intentional genetics and their water sources, no use of hormones or antibiotics, no concentrated animal feeding operations, and how the animals are cared for daily. The beef produced from a local farm will be more consistent in taste and quality. I know some are impressed with “$4 a pound hamburger” and realistically, local farm beef is not affordable for everyone, and no one should feel bad if they can’t make that choice. All we can do is make the best choice available to us and our families. What will you choose?
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