What Makes Organic Meat Different?
Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Organic meat has become a trendy thing, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with this trend. The idea of being more responsible about meat production is an idea whose time has come. While most people will never give up meat, most people would never agree with the kinds of inhumane practices that are common in meat production plants. Organic meat offers a chance to get meat that is more like that which nature intended for us. Let's see if we can figure out exactly what makes organic meat different from other kinds of meat.

Less Cruelty To The Animals

The practice of slaughtering animals for meat will never be completely free of controversy because (of course) you have to figure out an efficient yet humane way to dispatch the animal at the end of its life. It is a fact that thousands and thousands of baby chicks are tossed into meat grinders on a daily basis...often while they are still alive. These are the "rejects" who were not deemed fit for further growth. Every time you eat a chicken nugget, think about that.
Again, we see nothing morally wrong with eating meat in general. Carnivorous behavior is part of nature, but most carnivores dispatch their prey quickly and efficiently. The prey is also allowed to live wild and free until their time comes. Organic meat operations aim to replicate those natural conditions as closely as possible. The result is a lot of free-range animals and fewer of them.

Organic Meat Contains No Steroids

According to GTA Meats most of the meat animals used today are pumped full of steroids and other growth-inducing substances. The idea is to get as much meat as possible from each animal. In some cases, they have ended up making chickens with so much extra flesh that they can no longer walk. Organic meat, by definition, must not include any of these. An animal from this kind of operation is raised with no steroids, no growth hormones, and only essential medical care.
The FDA does not deny that steroid hormones are frequently used in the production of commercial meat. They claim that they have done extensive testing to ensure that the resulting meat is safe for consumers. Unfortunately, we don't trust that assessment. One look at the man-made horrors that have resulted from these practices is enough to show that they were approved for political reasons. These same steroids are illegal for use in human subjects (for good reasons), so there is no way they can be safe to use in our food animals.

Organic Meat Is More Expensive

This one is obvious but still bears mentioning. Organic meat is always going to be a lot more expensive than standard meat. However, that is not surprising. These cruel and abusive methods that are employed by food production companies are not done for the sake of cruelty. They are done for the sake of efficiency, so getting rid of those methods will slow things down. We believe that the results are worth the price. Organic meat operations do not crowd the animals together, but that does mean fewer of them to sell. As a result, there is no choice but to charge more for each one in order to make a profit.

Fat Content Is Not Significantly Different

A lot of people say that organic meat does not contain as much fat. As far as we can tell, this isn't really true. If anything, organic meat might sometimes contain a little more fat because the animals are better-fed than those in an industrial factory farm. There was a study conducted regarding the differences between organic and non-organic chickens, which can be read here. Although there were some slight differences, these differences were not found to be significant or consistent.
Just to confirm, we found another study that showed similar results. When comparing the levels of saturated fatty acids, organic and non-organic meats were about the same. The organic meat had fewer monounsaturated fatty acids but was higher in polyunsaturated fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fatty acids include some with known health benefits like Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Higher Nutrient Levels

Although there isn't a huge difference in the fat department, organic meat tends to be more nutritious than standard meat. This makes a lot of sense when you think about the differences in how these animals live. Animals in factory farming operations are given what they need for survival and growth but no one actually looks after their health. Their care is essentially aimed at keeping them alive and growing until slaughter time. In that quest for greater quantity, some of the quality is sacrificed.
There is some solid research to show that organic foods contain higher levels of nutrients. These include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and macronutrients like protein. Protein is the most important nutrient found in meat, and our study found some serious differences when comparing high-protein organic foods with non-organic versions. In 85% of cases, the organic version had more protein.


There really are a lot of good reasons to buy organic meat. It will never be as cost-efficient as standard meat, but it's better for nature and for you. A healthier, happier animal leads to healthier, happier people. Of course, don't fall for the hype when people tell you that organic meat has less fat because fat content isn't really relevant here. People buy organic meat because they are offended by the cruelty of the meat industry and because they believe it to be healthier (science has now proven this to be true). After reading this article, you should now understand what is true and what is not.
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