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Why Organic Meat is Better for You

Author: Rebecca CardenApril 19, 2018

    why organic meat is better for you

    Here's the thing guys - there are meal delivery companies out there claiming to serve organic meats but the price of their meals is a dead giveaway that it’s anything but.

    If you see a meal being promoted for under $10 claiming to serve organic meat, you are being fooled. 

    Organic meat as a rule of thumb is always going to be at a minimum, two thirds higher in price than conventional which should be reflected in the retail price being offered. 

    We understand though that when you look at the price of our meals compared to others you perhaps balk at the difference.

    Here are a couple of points that might help you reframe the 'you're too expensive' mindset to one of appreciation, awareness and hopefully understanding that we're not engaging in cash grab behaviour but rather just covering the costs. 

    Point 1: 

    Did you know only 3% of the 4.8 million pigs grown annually in Australia are free range or farmed organically??

    The rest are intensively farmed in sheds and sow stalls which are inherently cruel and unnecessary. Intensively farmed bigs are confined to high density cages which limit their activity and therefore allow farmers to fatten them up more quickly than free range pigs.

    The lack of organic livestock farmers creates high demand from those that value organic meat production and this pushes prices up. It's a simple case of supply and demand.

    Under supply is an issue that involves the entire organic meat industry.

    Point 2: 

    Organic farmers have greater costs associated with giving their animals a better quality of life. A key issue is that organic animals require more space to live and roam which means farms cannot stock as many animals.

    Grass fed organic beef can take a farmer up to a year longer (and an extra year’s worth of food, care and labor) then a conventionally raised animal to get that animal to slaughter weight. Grass-fed cattle also tend to be smaller at slaughter, so there’s less meat to sell per head. “Using antibiotics, hormones, and feedlots produces obscenely cheap beef,” says grass-fed rancher Will Harris, who owns White Oak Pastures, “When you don’t use them, your production costs are higher, so your prices need to be higher to counter that.” 

    Cattle that are trucked to feedlots and stuffed with grain or corn simply get fatter quicker on less dollars with less space. Time is money. Consider getting paid half as much for the same amount of work you do now. The decision to use antibiotics and hormones is a monetary decision for many farmers because it improves their bottom line.  

    Point 3: 

    Recent results from Consumer Reports' tests on the prevalance and types of bacteria in ground beef suggest that beef from cattle that are raised sustainably—that is, beef labeled without antibiotics, organic, or grass-fed is worth the extra money. Organic beef —especially grass-fed beef is less likely to harbor superbugs—bacteria that are resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics which are a serious threat to human safety.

    Point 4: 

    Australian Organic Certification Requirements are an ongoing cost for farmers in order to abide with the standards required below-

    • No pesticides or chemical fertilisers are permitted in the growing of the animal’s feed.
    • No genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are permitted in the animal’s feed.
    • No animal bi-products are used in feed.
    • No antibiotics or growth hormones are permitted.
    • Third-party inspection and verification by an accredited certifying body are required.
    • A thorough audit trail is required to trace all certified organic products back to the farm of origin.
    • Ethical treatment of the animals is essential.

    • The farm and processor must be fully converted to organics and have been organic for a minimum of three years. 

    We hope that this helps shape your understanding as to why we might be perceived as more expensive than the others. We're priced the way we are because we committed to a certain standard of ingredients for you and your wellbeing. 

    #knowyourfarmerknowyoufood

    Organic meat is better for our bodies and better for the planet but there is a cost attached. 

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