So what about the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger?

 

...."Why are you EVEN bringing that up?"

I know...I know. But a lot of people who come across our website in search of grass fed beef are searching in general for alternative health solutions. We get calls all the time from customers who were referred by their doctors and are now in search of grass fed beef products, especially liver and bones. To me the Impossible and Beyond Burgers are worth mentioning because they are often on the grill at our own home right next to our grass fed burgers, as my sister has some food sensitivities and has to periodically stop eating meat. 

..."But cows are bad for the environment. I am doing my part to help save the land and reduce greenhouse emissions by eating a plant based burger instead of beef.

NO. Stop. Right there.

That is simply not true. We are more efficient than we have ever been with how many cattle we can sustain on land. As far as greenhouse gas emissions, no matter what AOC tells you, cattle make up 1.9% of total US Greenhouse Gas emissions. 

If we stop producing cattle, we are taking away one of the most nutrient dense foods we eat and in turn lowering the sustainability and health of our pastures. Cattle convert grass and forage that doesn't/can't sustain us into a nutrient dense food that CAN - beef.  

 

Click the photo above to read more about beef and greenhouse gas emissions.

I DON'T have a problem with plant based burgers, as I mentioned above, they often can serve a great purpose. I DO, however, have a problem with them being labeled like meat and placed NEXT to meat at the grocery store. They are NOT meat. 

We personally work incredibly hard to raise a local source of beef for our customers - many of them work really hard to maintain a "clean" diet. The plant based burgers are not what I would call clean. To me, clean is pure, minimal ingredients that are quick and easy to read and simple to pronounce.

 

I recently saw this article about a study done on rats that were fed the key ingredient in the Impossible Burger. 

"Rats fed the genetically modified yeast-derived protein soy leghemoglobin – the burger’s key ingredient – developed unexplained changes in weight gain and signs of toxicity." 

Here's a few more facts and info from the study:

At-a-glance

  • The Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger, the key ingredient of which is a protein called soy leghemoglobin (SLH), derived from genetically modified (GM) yeast
  • A rat feeding study commissioned by the manufacturer Impossible Foods found that rats fed SLH developed unexplained changes in weight gain, as well as changes in the blood that can indicate the onset of inflammation or kidney disease, as well as possible signs of anemia
  • Impossible Foods dismissed these statistically significant effects as “non-adverse” or as having “no toxicological relevance”
  • The company’s conclusion of safety is unsound, due to the short duration of the feeding study and the small number of animals used. Only a longer-term study with a larger number of animals can clarify the significance of the worrying effects seen
  • A nonprofit group is collecting data from people who believe they have had an adverse reaction to the burger.
If you'd like to read the study in its entirety on GMO Science, take a look here.

 

Bottom line takeaways. 
You want to eat the Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat? Go for it. 
Should you maybe take into consideration how MUCH of it is healthy to eat? Might not be a bad idea if you read that article above. 

 

Beef cattle help build the health of our soil through their manure and their grazing habits. They can take poor quality forages or grass, even during a time of extreme drought or cold and still manage to turn it into a high quality food when we are farmers are unable to grow crops in the ground in those same extreme conditions. 

Beef will always be a clean and simple source of great essential nutrients you need in your diet. I promise, cows are not bad! :) 

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