This weekend, Uncle Bob and I were talking about the prices of different meats. I was trying to explain the many benefits of buying local, grass-fed meats versus Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) raised meats. Uncle Bob could only see the bottom-line price and he said I’d “been had” by my local farmers. They’d ripped me off.
I felt guilty, thinking that I was spending money unwisely.
Grass-fed local meats are almost always more expensive than CAFO meats produced by giant food factories. There are certain “economies of scale.”
Government farm subsidies, too, are invisible to the consumer. Joel Salatin, a controversial farmer, wrote a piece addressing just one reason why small farming operations are at a disadvantage when trying to compete with industrial farmers.
Salatin addresses “foodie guilt” too.
Making good decisions about spending money is complicated. Sometimes I feel like I’m banging a soundless drum, trying to encourage my readers to make wiser and healthier decisions about the food they eat. Is my soundless banging falling on deaf ears?
My friend Janet sent me an e-mail recently and it warmed my heart.
I was reading 1 Kings 4 this morning and came across something that made me think of you. Verses 22-23 “Solomon’s provisions for one day was thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal, ten fat oxen and twenty pasture fed cattle, a hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks and fattened fowl.”
Isn’t it interesting that pasture fed cattle is mentioned?
I guess there is something to this grass-fed beef.