onlyGrassfed.com is a small, family run business owned and operated by BeverlyAnn and Brett Chyatte. We live in Atlanta, GA and started onlyGrassfed.com with 3 main principles in mind:
- Respect for animals: If we are going to eat meat, we should care about how the animal was raised.
- Respect for the environment: We should, whenever possible, get our food from people practicing sustainable farming practices that do not destroy the environment.
- That true health comes from nutrition: The green leaf is a foundational food for all animal life on earth. Consuming products from 100% pasture raised animals provide the building blocks for optimal health and nutrition.
Back when we were kids, it was not uncommon for our parents to buy a half or whole cow from a local farmer or family member. At the time, we didn't realize we were getting anything special. That's just how things were done back then. People knew more about where their food came from and how it was farmed. Sadly, neither one of us realized just how much farming practices had changed until we started doing our own research and boy, were we shocked.
Most of us have an image in our mind about what a farm looks like. When we think of ranchers raising cattle, we often visualize cows out on the pasture grazing on grass. These are images of our youth and images planted in our minds by the media. But sadly, todays cattle operation more closely resembles a concentration camp than the peaceful pasture scene we just described. The more we researched, the more shocked and saddened we became.
The truth is almost all the meat, eggs, and dairy products found in grocery stores come from animals raised in confinement in large facilities called CAFOs or “Confined Animal Feeding Operations.” The animals are fed a diet high in grain which causes the animal to fatten up quickly, but can also cause the animal to become afflicted with a variety of disorders including one very painful condition caused “subacute acidosis”. To combat these problems, these grain fed cattle are given a constant, low-level dose of antibiotics. (source: eatwild.org)
These farming practices are not only inhumane, they are also bad for the environment and bad for our health. Sadly, most of the negative press about the unhealthiness of beef can be traced back to industrial farming and grain feeding.
By the time my wife and I had finished our research, we knew we had to make a change in how we bought meat. We could no longer turn a blind eye. But finding quality, locally raised grass fed meat raised on pasture is no easy chore. It can be very difficult to find, and when you do find it, it is frequently quite expensive. You either have to have a family member who has a small farm or know some local ranchers to get top quality meat that you can trust. And that's what led us to start our business.
We buy our beef from small, local ranchers who raise their animals in pasture, on grass from beginning to end. No grain feeding ever. Some of these ranchers only raise cattle for their own personal consumption but have to sell a few heads of cattle each year due to acreage limitations. Others have small ranches with less than 80 heads of cattle. We personally inspect each rancher's farming operation to ensure it meets our standards. The cattle are slaughtered humanely and hand processed by people who take pride in their craft.
When you choose to eat meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals raised on pasture, you are supporting a farming system designed to optimize the health and welfare of the animals. And when the welfare of the animal is optimized, so is the welfare of the person who eats them.
|A 6-ounce grass fed steak has about 100 fewer calories than an equivalent grain fed steak because it is leaner.