What does “grass fed” mean?

Grass fed beef

Jersey Cow snigging at a camera in the sun

Grass is what a cow naturally wants to eat so why are so many being fed corn? Corn gives us the fatty marbling we’ve grown accustomed to, while grass produces leaner meat. Although corn makes for better marbling in a steak, it’s harder on the animal’s digestive system and costs the farmer more in feed. According to an article in Time magazine, “Grass is a low-starch, high-protein fibrous food, in contrast to carbohydrate-rich, low-fiber corn and soybeans. When animals are 100% grass-fed, their meat is not only lower in saturated fats but also slightly higher in omega-3 fatty acids. Ground beef and milk from grass-finished cattle also have more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which recent data suggest may help prevent breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments.” it goes on to note that grass-finished meat is higher in vitamins A and E than grain-finished meat. Cows like grass, let them eat grass.

John Rowe, of Rowe Farms, on why grass fed beef is better

USDA’s response to the fact that grass-fed beef contained more Vitamin E than grain fed