Excerpt from The New Health Rules:
IF YOU EAT COWS, MAKE SURE THEY EAT GRASS
"To save money, factory-farmed cows are fed corn (which is cheap and often genetically modified) instead of the grasses they're meant to graze on. Corn makes the cows sick, so they're given antibiotics. These meds also fatten the cows --so the system "works" from a business perspective. From a health perspective for meat-eaters, it's a disaster. If you eat factory-farmed meat, you're ingesting sick animals, plus load of antibiotics. Buy only grass-fed meat, and whenever possible, get it at a local farmers market from small farms."
Ideally, love this idea to eat good cow! Realistically, this is not always possible. At least, not in my world.
We are fortunate here in Western New York to have a lot of good options, especially if you live in a rural area where your next door neighbor raises cows for dairy or meat. Being a suburbanite, I often use Farmer's and Artisans on Main Street in Snyder because they sell meat (and many other groceries) from local farmers and it's only 10 minutes from my house. Another option for me that I like is to shop at Orchard Fresh in Orchard Park. Not everything they sell is "good for you", but many of their meats are are sourced from animals that are raised in a good environment - pasture with edibles from nature and substituted with healthy feed (soy free, etc.). If you are a city dweller, you have access to items at Lexington Co-op Market or Wegman's on Amherst Street. During the spring through fall months we have Farmer's Markets who source local products, and provide us with great options.
If I had to choose one thing that I would be fussy about purchasing, it would be the meat I buy. But, that's just me. What is your food fussy choice(s)?