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Almost everyone includes some form of meat in their daily diets. Chicken, pork, and beef are commonly included in lunch and dinner meals, but most people only consider the preparation of these meats and fail to think about their meal’s origins. Most meat is highly processed, which can cause problems for both the animal that will be consumed and for the consumer.

Non-organic meat can contain extra chemicals used to promote the growth of the animal. Growth hormones cause animals to grow much larger than they normally would, which will provide buyers with more meat. Antibiotics are used to help the animals fight sicknesses and diseases, but these can be potentially harmful to the consumers of the meat. Other chemicals are often used on chickens, pigs, and cows to ensure that these animals produce the largest meat product possible.

In an effort to combat the health risks that are consequence of non-organic meat processing, many farmers have begun to adopt an organic mindset when raising their meat. Organic farmers raise their animals on healthy, organic feed and ensure that the animals grow to a normal size. These farmers prevent disease and illness, not through the use of antibiotics, but by ensuring that their animals grow in clean and healthy environments. Feed patterns are established and their food sources are even rotated frequently. Farmers who raise organic meat are primarily concerned with the health of their animals, and ultimately the people who will consume these animals.

In beef specifically, there are two types of organic processes available. Grass-fed beef is raised on all organic grasses. These cows are grass-fed continually throughout their lives and then sent to slaughter. Grain-finished beef is also raised on organic grasses, but in the time leading to slaughter, farmers introduce organic grains into the diets of their cows. The organic grains add a small amount of fat to the cows, so these cows will be heavier than grass-fed beef, but still at a natural weight. Grain-finished beef also may be more flavorful than grass-fed. Both methods are considered organic and healthy for the animals and the people that consume them.

Try substituting organic meat into everyday meals. The meat will be more beneficial to the body and will probably taste much fresher and more flavorful than non-organic meat.