In the past few years, being a meat lover has come under fire. Beef has been lambasted in the news, in blogs and on social media for being unhealthy, bad for the environment, and a heartless industry that rightfully deserves our collective indignation.

And you know what? They’re right. That shrink-wrapped beef that’s suffocating at your average supermarket is bad.

Pretty bold for a company that produces meat to say, right? Well, we’re saying it because it’s the truth and it needs to be said; beef doesn’t have to be bad and you should be able to enjoy it without giving your conscience a conniption.

So, what are we  (the sustainable meat producers) doing about it? Why should you believe that our beef is any different? Here are five reasons why:

1. Grass Fed = Healthier Cows = Healthier Meat

The more wholesome and natural an animal’s diet is, the more healthful the meat they produce will be. It’s common sense. Grain-fed animals are forced to eat food with little to no variety and it makes them sick. In fact, the reason cows are fed antibiotics is because they literally can’t stomach the grain they’re fed. 100% Grass-fed cows, on the other hand, aren’t given antibiotics because most of the time they don’t need it. Eating naturally and foraging for food gives the animals all of the necessary nutrients they need to be healthy. And their diet has a profound impact on the nutrient content of the meat they produce. Compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef has much less fat, fewer calories, and more heart-healthy omega 3s. Grass-fed beef also has noticeably higher amounts of CLA, which helps fight cancer, and contains more Vitamin E, a strong antioxidant. After all, you are what you eat—and what your food eats too.

2. You’re Helping More Than Just The Animals

Everything starts with the earth, literally. Healthy soil is the key to environmentally friendly agriculture, and a great way to preserve soil fertility is to allow animals to graze. The farms our animals come from are enriched by the animals and plants naturally which mean the fields and animals can thrive without the use of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. (For more information, check out Allan Savory and Holistic Management International.)  

3. You’re Directly Supporting Farmers Who Care About Your Food

There’s something that we’ve lost with big chain supermarkets and the massive agro-businesses that supply them, and that’s our connection with where our food is coming from. Each meat share you buy directly helps to support local farms and farmers. These are hardworking folks who are committed to sustainable agriculture and organic foods. They’re the people you see behind the stand at your local farmer's market, and they really do care about producing high quality food that deserves to be put on your plate. Every time you buy a meat share, you’re doing something good for the community and, because it isn’t shipped from overseas, you’re helping to lower the carbon footprint.

4. It’s Healthy Meat That Fits Your New York Sized Life

An important goal with our Meat Shares is to make sure it fits the lives of New Yorkers. We know you don’t have time to go to that out-of-the-way specialty butcher or wait in long lines at the supermarket. So, we prioritize convenience. And unlike other meat CSAs, we don’t drop off half a cow on your doorstep. Our shares are portioned to be fridge and freezer friendly, meal sized, and easy to quickly get on a plate for dinner.

5. A Meat Share Inspires Culinary Creativity

Let’s face it: even though it’s one of the most delicious proteins on the planet, even a ribeye steak can get old after a while. A meat share gives you access to the lesser known, harder working, often more flavorful cuts of meat. You know, the stuff chefs use. It’s a way to mix things up and try new recipes and different preparations. Plus, a meat share uses more of the animal, so less meat is thrown away, and, in the end, fewer animals feed more people.  

So there, that’s five reasons to add more meat to your diet. We could go on and on, but there’s one more reason why a meat share is the answer to your meat woes and (between us) it might be the best one. Flavor. The deepest, most savory, meatiest-meat-you’ve-ever-tasted flavor. It’s a flavor that you just can’t find in store-bought, grain-fed beef.

Ready to dig in? Go on ahead then, and buy some meat.

- Josh Ott

Founder, Hamlet Meats

Harlem, NY