If you see Beef included in our recipes, you can be sure that it will be 100% Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef.
Zora, our founder, has always felt an immense gratitude for the animals that provide her and her family with food. As a child, she grew up on a family-owned farm where animals were cared for with the knowledge that someday, they would provide sustenance for the entire family: parents, grandparents, cousins, siblings. Every part of the animal was used, both out of respect for the animal and the sense that food—and the animals the meat came from—should never be taken for granted.
Through these formative experiences, Zora maintains a sense of connection and respect for all of the animals that go into Wild Zora products. Because of this, she will always find high-quality and responsibly-sourced ingredients for all of our products. We want you to feel happy and satisfied about the food you choose to put into your body and the snacks and meals you give to your family and friends.
- 100% Grass Fed Grass Finished Beef
- No antibiotics or added hormones ever
- Sustainable cattle for a better planet
So...Why 100% Grass-Fed Beef?
100% Grass-Fed Beef is the term used for cattle that have lived their entire lives roaming and grazing off the land. These cattle have meat that is leaner and less marbled than feedlot-fed cattle.
In order to make Beef taste more like the fatty standard of feedlot cattle, sometimes cattle are “Grain-Finished,” which adds fat and marbling to the meat. A Grain-Finished Beef label means that although the cattle live the majority of their lives in open pasture, they are placed on a feedlot and ‘finished’ on a fattening diet of cheap, high-energy grain.
With our 100% Grass-Fed Beef, you can be certain that cattle have lived their entire lives on pastures and have been ‘finished’ with nothing but fresh grazing and open spaces.
Who provides our Beef?
Currently, Wild Zora sources our 100% Grass-Fed Beef through the Desert Mountain Cooperative, a collective of 20 small family ranches in the Western United States. Desert Mountain ranchers all have high standards of sustainability and animal welfare for their cattle. (Check out their link at the end!)
What does 100% Grass-Fed mean for you?
Beef is Beef, right? It’s often thought that no matter how you cut it, meat from cattle provides the same nutrition whether the cows graze on grass or grain.
That’s simply not true! There has been significant research showing that 100% Grass-Fed Beef provides several times the amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids when compared to Grain-Fed Beef. 100% Grass-Fed has a lower fat content, since cattle given fatty grains with a feedlot diet have meat that contains higher amounts of saturated fat. It makes sense, too: lean cows that are able to run across large pastures make leaner meat. 100% Grass-Fed Beef is also higher in Vitamins A, E, and other antioxidants!
Despite the name, 100% Grass-Fed doesn't mean the animals just eat grass. Left to pick their own food, the cattle will supplement their grazing with foraged nuts, seeds, and local, natural vegetation. This variety in diet is not only healthier, it provides the cattle—and those who eat their Beef—with Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), an important Omega-3 acid. Additionally, the varied diet of 100% Grass-Fed Beef contributes to rich, unique flavors that will vary from farm to farm.
Life on a feedlot is grueling. Cattle are fed diets supplemented with corn, soy, and other additives, which can be tough on digestive systems and can create gut health issues that require medications to treat. Cramped conditions in feedlots rarely provide adequate space for the animals to lie down on clean surfaces, and the close quarters accelerate the spread of disease, which typically requires antibiotics.
100% Grass-Fed Beef standards, meanwhile, give cattle a greater variety in their diet, large pastures to spread out, and natural materials on which to stand. Since there is less forced interaction between cattle, the need for antibiotics is either greatly lessened or entirely unnecessary; in fact, the farmers who provide our Beef are always committed to not using any antibiotics.
Before deciding on where they would source their Beef, Zora and Josh traveled to different locations so they could meet the farmers and see the animals in person. During these trips, they visited the slaughterhouses as well. As Zora said, “We wanted to make sure the cow only has one bad day.” By fully researching processing facilities, we can make sure that the cattle in our products have experienced “one bad day” that was as humane as possible.
But What about Organic Beef?
Organic Beef might sound appealing, but it doesn’t actually determine how the animals lived, only what food they were given. Cattle could dine on the finest Organic grain while still standing packed nose-to-tail in a feedlot.
There’s no getting around it—there are no cows without cow pies. The massive amounts of concentrated waste generated by feedlots cause olfactory issues for neighboring residents and require heavy machinery to clean. Meanwhile, free-roaming cattle distribute fertilizer over large swaths of land. (And if a cow pie drops without anyone around to smell it, does it really even smell?)
Grain-Fed cattle require huge quantities of cultivated food, the harvesting of which can be damaging to the environment. 100% Grass-Fed cattle eat what already exists in nature, and given so much access to land, farmers can rotate them through fertilizer-free and chemical-free pastures to avoid overgrazing. In addition, the impact of hooves pushing nutrients into the ground naturally rejuvenates the soil without the aid of chemicals or fertilizers.
So...why do we use this standard?
We use 100% Grass-Fed Grass Finished Beef because it means happier cattle, a happier planet, and a happier you.
Find out more about the Desert Mountain 100% Grass-Fed Beef Co-op HERE
Taste the difference of 100% Grass-Fed Beef for yourself!
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