Why eat organic meat?

Why eat organic meat?

Organic meat is better for the animals. It’s better for the environment. It’s also better for you. But it’s oh-so expensive. Is it worth it?

Firstly, let’s define organic meat.

Organic meat means no artificial fertilisers are used on the food the animal eats. It means the animal isn’t pumped full of antibiotics, or growth hormones. It means the animal is kept in more natural conditions, raising welfare standards.

What does this mean to the steak on your plate?

Well, it means you aren’t ingesting fertilisers and you aren’t ingesting antibiotics or growth hormones. This means you are less likely to become resistant to antibiotics, which is good news for the next time you get an infection.

You can also feel good about yourself knowing you aren’t funding poor farming standards and polluting the environment with chemicals.

Is there any difference nutritionally between organic and non-organic?

Does it matter to your nutritional intake whether the animal was reared organically or not? And while we’re here, what about fruit and veg?

Perhaps surprisingly, research has found that it does make a difference. Organic meat has a significantly higher Omega-3 content. Organic crops are also much higher in anti-oxidants non-organic crops.

 

 


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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Debra G.
26 January 2018

Debra G.

human beings can't survive as vegans - we need B12 and that only comes from animal sources. Easy enough now with supplements or additions to food, but no-one can be a total vegan. That doesn't mean we shouldn't go easier on the meat.

Debra G.
24 January 2018

Debra G.

it's a tricky one. Cows can't be out all year round in the Uk, the climate isn't suitable, so they have to be kept indoors over winter or it is cruel. And of course organic means lower yields which means much higher prices. I wonder how ethical we really are?

Cara B.
23 January 2018

Cara B.

Callum - isn't it better to have free range, grass fed animals than battery/indoor bred ones? At least the animal can have a decent life first.

Callum P.
23 January 2018

Callum P.

This is a thorny issue. Why not go vegan completely? If it's for animal welfare reasons then surely any meat is bad, whether organic or not. I'm not vegan myself but find that part of the argument difficult to swallow. Agree with no antibiotics though, you need to be sure of the source otherwise who knows what you're putting into your mouth.

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