So, Ms. Bay posted this comment on the Brandt beef posting earlier this week:
"I like your alliteration! Unfortunately neither natural nor organic mean a darn thing about the quality of life the animals have or the environmental impact of their raising. For the healthiest and least destructive (to the animals and environment) meat you need to look for grass-fed and free range. Most of the companies that say their meat is "natural" keep their animals locked up in facilities that are so awful it almost makes me want to go vegan sometimes. This is why I am eating less meat these days. I'll save my money to eat the expensive stuff that's truly ethical and not destroying the earth even if it means I need to eat veggie 75% of the time. Don't even get me started on the double trouble of being an ethical shopper and kosher! Vegetarianism looks more and more appealing.
But oh, that beef stew I had for lunch... so good!"
Good point. So I contacted the Brandt beef folks to see what they had to say as it's a concern for many readers and eaters of meat [me included]. Here's their reply:
"As farmers, the Brandt family believes they are stewards of the land, and as such are responsible for how they treat the earth and their animals to benefit future generations. Brandt Beef prides itself on using the best and most humane techniques of animal husbandry known today, which includes raising their animals in a stress-free and comfortable environment. Looking for key words on labels does not guarantee that the producer follows humane animal husbandry practices -- you really have to get to know the producer you’re buying from. Brandt Beef regularly invites chefs, distributors and retailers to visit its operation to see its practices first hand. Additionally, Brandt Beef is actively encouraging chefs to use the whole animal, not just select cuts, which further minimize waste and environmental impact."
Ms. Bay, maybe you and I should take a trip to LA and check it out!