BUY

Laverstoke Park Farm

Waitrose / Ocado

Daylesford

Ocado

Duchy

Waitrose

Soil Association

Various brands, most supermarkets

These cattle get to graze in grass-growing season whenever the weather allows. They have less bad fats (but still tasty good fats) as they eat properly and exercise.

The beef is higher in Vitamin E (benefits: protection against toxins and neurological diseases) and beta-carotin (good for the immune system).

BE AWARE

  • Non-British beef
  • QMS
  • Red Tractor
  • Non-labelled beef

Why?
Beef cows in the UK tend to get access to grass… at least until they are herded indoors or crowded into feedlots for fattening before slaughter.

In indoor systems, beef cattle are commonly housed on slatted floors, which creates injuries and leads to lameness, and in crowded conditions which increases aggression.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DAIRY

Once upon a time cows were used for their milk and then slaughtered for their meat.

Today, industrial farmed cows are bred to maximise milk production. They have huge udders and can barely take the weight of the milk they produce on their thin legs. They are so intensively milked they are exhausted after two or three years and then sent to slaughter, when their meat is only good enough of the cheapest of products.

Organic dairy cows live for 15 years and get put out to pasture. Their meat is higher quality.

Buy organic.