Over the past twenty years, the meat industry has made substantial changes in how it houses, sustains and feeds livestock that is raised for meat. Most controversial changes includes the use of drugs and hormones on animals to increase production rates and sizes. So, what are the main differences between “regular” and natural meats?
Natural meats are usually raised cage free and outdoors where they can see the sky and have room to roam. They are not given any type of growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, or fed chemically treated agriculture. Animals raised for natural meats are treated to meet conditions that cater to consumers that vote with their wallet for healthy products and improved treatment of farm animals.
Meat without the Natural Label
Large non-natural processing centers produce to meet the bottom dollar. This means that animals must be quickly raised and butchered in the cheapest, and most efficient manner to increase profits. For example, animals are given steroids so that they weigh more and grow at faster rates. Poultry are often raised and butchered in the same place that they are hatched, to cut down on space and transportation costs. Within overcrowded enclosed facilities, they are never exposed to nature or sunlight from egg to processing. Scientists are controversial with their speculations about whether the animal’s elevated stress hormones, and the traces of artificially injected hormones and drugs may translate negatively on humans after consumption.
Numerous documentaries have been released during more recent years to educate the public’s growing curiosity about the chemicals, additives and big farm practices that are used in the industry. More and more people are paying closer attention to where their food comes, what it contains, and the methods that land it on the grocery shelves. This increased awareness has skyrocketed the demand for more natural and organic products.
Farmers have taken notice, and thus going natural is not as against the profit grains of some large scale agriculture company’s, as it once was. Familiar brands, such as Harvest Land, specializes in only producing natural meats. You can browse online at harvestlandbrand.com to learn what varieties to look for at the supermarket. However, large companies that are fully committed to the natural plunge are also making it easier to buy grass fed and cage free meats. Always hunting down the labels of products can be cumbersome and time consuming for customers who would otherwise buy natural meats. Large companies that specialize in natural meats take the guess work out of shopping conscientiously.
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