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Millie Heveran says ...
I'm sorry to not see any Florida grass-fed beef. Why is this?
05/15/2010 4:37:19 AM CDT
jd says ...
I don't buy that it has to cost more, what a farce. It should cost less. It's all marketing psycho-babble to nickle and dime the unwary consumer.
05/15/2010 5:34:38 AM CDT
Phocion Timon says ...
Fantastic. I've eaten grass-fed beef most of my life, until I started city life. When are you going to open a store in Midland, Texas?
05/15/2010 8:05:17 AM CDT
Linda says ...
Great information. I didn't know about the special cooking suggestions for Grass-Fed Beef. Lower temps, less time to cook, and let the fire in the pit burn down. Yum! This TEXAS lady is ready for a great sirloin steak!
05/15/2010 11:32:00 AM CDT
Myrna Mandjikov says ...
I'm glad you are doing this to bring a healthy product to consumers and support 'my definition of traditional agriculture'. Until I went to college, all the meat I ever ate came from our 25 acres. Beef was grass raised, grain finished. That's how all of us back yard small farmers raised them. I just can't believe in what seems like a few short years, this all has become a fad. We had our own Beef, pork, chickens, pheasant, pigeon, rabbit, duck, goose, turkey, guinea hen, vegetables out of the garden, home raised fruit, home canned and dried fruit, vegetables, jam. And our own honey, eggs and sometimes milk. Of course the big difference is that we all sat down and butchered the poultry and rabbits ourselves. Something the modern American absolutely won't do. And my folks did most of it in a slow easy way. Sustainable way. There were only three of us kids and we really didn't do a whole lot. It was a shame that FDA laws kept us from selling any of that to the public. If the small hobby farmers like ourselves could have maybe those small farms wouldn't be track housing today.
05/15/2010 12:35:29 PM CDT
Nicole says ...
Thank-you Whole Foods! I have been buying grass fed beef on-line and now I can pick it up while at the store as well!
05/15/2010 4:54:19 PM CDT
Kim says ...
This is great! Now if only there were a Whole Foods in the Akron, Ohio area! Maybe someone could look into that? The closest one to me is 35 minutes away. :(
05/15/2010 10:21:43 PM CDT
Leslie Ann Jones says ...
Happy to hear this is a nationwide program and that you are using local sources of beef. Now if you could just do that with lamb....
05/17/2010 9:23:12 AM CDT
Valerie G. says ...
This is a huge leap forward thank you so much!
05/17/2010 9:29:05 AM CDT
l a jones says ...
Happy to hear this is a nationwide program and that you are using local sources of beef. Now if you could just do that with lamb.... I live in Northern California,less than 2 hours from sheep country. I just can't bring myself to buy New Zealand lamb from WH.
05/17/2010 9:29:44 AM CDT
Patricia Yanez says ...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Show the rest of the world how to treat our animals and our food!! I will vote for this initiative with my buying power. xo
05/17/2010 11:13:20 AM CDT
lynn maas says ...
Given the financial situation, consider a frequent buyers reward card for grass fed beef and organic products.
05/17/2010 5:06:25 PM CDT
Bassam says ...
We only eat grass-fed from WFM in my home. We also enjoy the grass-fed Ultimate burger when it is made at WFM. I wish the grass-fed soup did not have pasta and they made more grass-fed chili, yummy yummy :) The first time we cooked it, the smell right away snt me back to my childhood abroad. The taste and the smell was so original. What I know is that fat from naturally, healthy raised cows is good. And fat and cholesterol is not the cause of higher risk in strokes. According to several latest studies, it is high carbohydrates. Also note that WFH has grass-fed while milk, though pasteurized :(
05/17/2010 7:04:57 PM CDT
Patty says ...
I'm glad to see this WFM! I encourage you to start selling pasture and humanely raised pork and chicken as well! Thank you!
05/18/2010 3:44:57 PM CDT
Cassie says ...
Thank you Whole Foods for making the choice to sell grass-fed beef at your stores. Your commitment to the health of this nation (and to the animals that we eat) is commendable. Please continue to fight the good fight for the sake of us all!
05/18/2010 9:19:42 PM CDT
STR says ...
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
05/18/2010 11:47:42 PM CDT
laura says ...
Awesome! Thank you WFM. I will only feed my family grass fed beef and it is great to have a convenient, local source. Please keep up the effort to get us access to real food! Next, how about some raw milk from these pastured cows in RI?
05/19/2010 2:30:49 AM CDT
Dale Roland says ...
I see that you have two farmers raising their cattle stock exactly how nature wanted it and that is without any chemicals as they are organic but what about the others? Is the grass chemically free? You stated that there were no growth hormones or antibiotics but what about the pesticides and or fertilizers for the grass, as they are not designated as organic or sustainable farming practices?
05/19/2010 6:38:24 AM CDT
quita says ...
Just watched Food Inc and my eyes were opened! Thanks Whole Foods for providing us with a better product! The quality and taste of the meat is worth every penny!
05/19/2010 8:00:57 AM CDT
Wanda Nuila says ...
The difference between grass fed beef and cattle raised with grain is simply remarkable. I remember the first time I realized the difference I was simply in awe! Eat for Health!
05/19/2010 11:52:08 AM CDT
Ali says ...
great article.. i was just curious where the animals get slaughtered. Do the animals go to a facility that other animals that are put on bad things get killed? Because what if a disease goes into the meat that you guys make? Whats the name of the slaughter house?
05/19/2010 12:42:12 PM CDT
bobby jones says ...
Thanks, I'll be getting the grass fed beef. Please get organic, pastured chicken meat that for sure forage on fresh grasses and get plenty of natural sunlight (vitamin d)
05/20/2010 2:00:57 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
@Melanie & Dave In many cases, our grass-fed beef is organic. In order to be certified organic, the producer is prohibited from using any toxic and persistent pesticides. In general it’s not as common to use pesticides intensively on pastures as it is on crops, if it is used at all.
05/12/2010 11:57:56 PM CDT
vaughnm says ...
@Dave You also asked whether the animals eat clipped grass. The answer is that they might. Although grass farmers plant strategically to try to have viable forage available at all times of year, there are some times when that is not possible…as well, there could be weather anomalies that mess up their best-laid plans. For instance, there was a terrifically serious drought in Texas last spring, summer and fall. At times when the pastures are not providing all the nutrients the animals need, they might be given hay that was cut during the peak of the season or haylage, which is grass that is cut, partially dried and ensiled (a process of anaerobic fermentation to preserve the grasses) to exclude air, or plastic-wrapped in large bales So, yes…they might indeed eat grass that has been dried or otherwise preserved at a later, which are provided in racks on pasture.
05/12/2010 11:59:58 PM CDT
vaughnm says ...
@Mary For the past 10 years, Whole Foods has required ALL producers who sell meat to us to work with slaughter plants that have animal welfare practices well developed. They are required to pass an audit for animal welfare annually, and that audit is based on the tolerances and criteria developed by Temple Grandin. Measurements and observations include stress to the animal (measured in several different ways) at critical points throughout the plant, insensibility prior to slaughter, etc. We do not want animals to be stressed or to experience pain at slaughter. You can read more about the methods and criteria used to assess animal welfare at http://grandin.com/.
05/13/2010 8:30:59 PM CDT

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