So much to learn, so much to try, here’s some info to get you started.
- No hormones or antibiotics
- No herbicides, pesticides, fungicides
- No chemical fertilizers
- No GMOs or genetically engineered products
- Humanely treated and sustainable raised animals
- All animals have space to move and roam outdoors
- Certified following annual inspection
To be certified organic and grass-fed, the grass has to come from non-GMO seed and never be sprayed with chemicals or use of synesthetic fertilizers.
Grass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in 10 different ways, according to a 2009 study by the USDA and Clemson University. Compared with grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is:
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in beta-carotene
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
- Higher in total omega-3s
- A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
- Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
- Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, Effects of winter stocker growth rates…
No Sodium Nitrate or MSG, but still ready-to-eat. Celery powder and sea salt achieve the same result in our ready to eat items, such as summer sausage and hot dogs
The National Organic Program was established by the United States Department of Agriculture and is overseen by third-party companies. Waseda Farms is certified by MOSA, a Wisconsin company. We are audited annually. Every step in our farming and food process is certified. See http://mosaorganic.org/ and https://www.ams.usda.gov/programs-offices/national-organic-program.
There are significant differences between natural-and organic-certified beef cattle. The USDA defines natural beef as beef that is raised without additives and is processed minimally. Hormones and antibiotics are not considered additives under these guidelines, so it is left to the discretion of farmers. Waseda Farms goes beyond the standards of natural to earn the more stringent organic certification.
Organic beef comes from cattle that are fed organic foods (not genetically modified and free from antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides) and must be certified by the USDA. The pasture where the cattle graze must also be certified organic. The standards for organic certification are quite stringent. These farms must be re-certified every year.
When purchasing organic beef, it is important to look at the labeling on the package for the organic information regarding the product. If the organic beef bears the USDA organic label, then the beef it processed according to USDA standards and is at least 95 percent organically produced. Some food labels that appear are “all-natural”, “free-range” or “hormone-free.” These labels are not to be confused with the term organic. Only meat that is grown and processed in conjunction with the USDA organic standards may be labeled organic.