There is mounting scientific evidence that the consumption of pasture-fed grain-free meat not only has benefits for animal welfare and the environment but also for human health.
Meat from pasture-fed livestock contains reduced levels of saturated fat when compared with grain-fed animals. The meat has higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and thus a healthier balance of Omega-6: Omega-3 fatty acids. Pasture-fed meat also carries a higher mineral and vitamin content and is particularly rich in vitamins A and E and critical minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Currently the accepted definition of grass-fed requires an animal to be fed a diet consisting of at least 51% grass - that means that 49% of the diet can be made up of grain! Most conventionally reared livestock, or even those organically reared, are fattened on grain for a number of weeks before slaughter; most of the benefits associated with pasture-fed meat decline after only a few weeks of grain feeding.
So look for meat from animals that are reared 100% pasture-fed from a farm that is PFLA Certified - see www.pastureforlife.org