Weekly we receive calls inquiring on whether or not our bison meat products are 100% grass-fed, as well as the nutritional values of our products, and the differences between grass and grain finished meats. We are always happy to share our information and tell our greater story of environmental sustainability. And, if someone is really interested, we love to prattle on about species diversity and carbon sequestration!
Interested consumers are always surprised to learn that 90% of the bison that are raised for our food supply, are grain finished in a feed-lot. Much of this confusion is caused by a lack of transparency, with many meat companies promoting grass-fed on their web-sites or signage, without informing the consumer that the animals have been grain finished. Calling companies for assurance is always a good idea, especially for those that have heightened food sensitivities.
We also occasionally get the cost question. At a glance the costs of a sustainably raised, grass-fed/finished products may appear to be higher, but once you peel back the short term price tag and you take a look at the long term price tag, the costs become more clear.
The differences between grass-fed/finished proteins vs confined grain-finished proteins are significant. Our food choices not only impact our health, but the health of our environment too.
Thanks to all of you who make sustainable food choices. We know it takes extra time and we truly appreciate your efforts.