Health-conscious consumers have long known that grass fed beef tastes better and is far more humane than commercially-raised, mass-produced meat. If that wasn't enough reason to switch to all-natural, pasture-fed beef, there's now a growing body of scientific evidence that confirms antibiotic free meats are in fact better for you than meat raised with antibiotics.
Here at One Cow Farm, we're often asked if our grass fed Angus beef is raised with antibiotics. The answer is no, because we believe that antibiotic free meats are the right choice for you, your family and the planet.
More common than you might expect.
An estimated 80% of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animal agriculture, and approximately 70% of these antibiotics are the same type used for humans.
Antibiotics have been added to cattle feed since the 1950s. Producers realized that giving antibiotics to cattle controlled illness linked to overcrowding, making it possible to ramp up the use of massive feed lots that are common today.
Another reason why antibiotics are used in otherwise healthy beef cattle is to increase yield. Simply put, antibiotics accelerate weight gain in animals, leading to a better return on investment for the farmer.
In 2017 the use of medically-important antibiotics as a growth additive for cattle was banned in the U.S., however, antibiotics are still widely used to prevent disease in livestock housed in crowded feedlots and barns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time," and each year in the U.S., over "2.8 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and more than 35,000 people die". Choosing antibiotic free meats ensures you and your family won't be ingesting antibiotics that you don't need, and that helps to reduce your risk of developing antibiotic resistance.
Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs are exceptionally difficult and costly to treat, and those who survive a 'superbug' often endure weeks of hospitalization, highly toxic treatments and long-term side effects.
This is especially important for anyone who lives with a compromised immune system due to a chronic illness, who takes immune-suppressing medications, or who is a cancer survivor.
A common misconception about grass fed beef is that it's free from antibiotics, however, that's simply not the case.
Grass fed beef is more likely to be free from antibiotics than meat produced on a factory farm, but the only way to know that the meat you're buying is antibiotic free Kentucky grass fed beef is to buy from a trusted local farmer who is committed to producing antibiotic free meats.
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