All beef isn't the same. The quality of the beef changes not just from country to country, but from farm to farm and year to year. No two animals are identical and can't be raised that way. Each requires care to ensure they stay the healthiest they possibly can, being well-fed and watered even when Mother Nature decides a drought is due.
So this notion of a "factory farm" can't be further from the truth. I'm sure you've heard the horror stories or seen the videos. Truth is, there are bad apples in every barrel. And just because there is a handful of crooked accountants or shifty CEO's of corporations doesn't mean that all of them are that way. (The jury is still out on lawyers, politicians, and used car salespeople...) But animals are live things and cannot be run on any assembly line, any more than a mill can churn out puppies. They have to be individually cared for.
Beef is as healthy as you know where it came from, what went in it, and how it was processed. The meat you get from supermarkets is packaged to look as good as possible, right down to the colors of the packaging and what color lights they use. Doesn't mean it is going to make you fat or lean or somewhere in between.
And all we can really testify to is how our own cattle are treated, what they are fed, and what condition they were in as we sent them to be processed.
Missouri Beef: How to Get and Stay Healthy
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