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Your ‘grass-fed’ beef may not have come from a cow grazing in a pasture. Here’s why.

Your ‘grass-fed’ beef may not have come from a cow grazing in a pasture. Here’s why.

Jessi Adrignola

Grass-fed beef sounds like a lovely idea. Customers envision happy cattle grazing on green pastures, producing meat that is better for our health and the environment. It turns out that none of this is a given. The jury is still out on whether grass fed beef is better for the environment (it’s only slightly better nutritionally), and, “grass-fed” doesn’t mean a cow was never served grain. Other aspects about grass-fed beef that may surprise many consumers include that it tastes different from grain-fed beef, and can be trickier to cook.

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