Grass-fed meat in Vancouver
Where to buy grass-fed meat in Vancouver?
Canada has banned the treatment of meat with Carbon Monoxide, the chemical commonly used in US and in some countries worldwide to make the meat appear fresher. However, the regular meat we buy at grocery stores is often infused with hormones for various purposes, whether to increase the shelf life, or the amount of meat from one animal. These hormones come from either the food that the animals are getting, or from intramuscular injections.
Apparently, “[t]he safety of hormone use has been reviewed by many experts and agencies, including Health Canada, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations“, and they have concluded, that “these hormones can be used safely in beef production” (beefinfo.org). When the hormone is being approved for the use, it must: 1. Be effective, e.g. do what it’s supposed to do; 2. Be safe for the animal; 3. Be safe for human consumption.
(notice how the interests of the end used are at the last priority? moving on)
Research has shown that high levels of hormones taken for a long time may be a risk factor in some kinds of cancer (americangrassfedbeef.com).
It is natural for cattle and farm birds to feed off grass and grains, so why break the model that has successfully worked for hundreds of years, given that it may cause a terminal illness. I don’t speak for everyone , but I definitely prefer having my food as natural as possible. Besides, the grass-fed meat tastes much better anyway.
There are a few places where you can buy grass-fed organic meats in Vancouver.
1. Harkness & Co. Butchers (vancouverbutcher.com) is the place that comes to mind first. It is located at the intersection of Broadway and Fraser in Vancouver; and I’m told the people who work there are nice and genuine, and a pleasure to associate with.
2. Windsor Quality Meats (windsorqualitymeats.com) on Main and King Edward, also in Vancouver.
3. Famous Foods (famousfoods.ca) at1595 Kingsway St. – just a few blocks East from Fraser at Kingsway.
4. Grass Fed Jeff (grassfedjeff.com/the-grassfed-directory/wheretobuy) products are sold in multiple stores, check the link above.
If you do not have an opportunity to buy grass-fed at your local stores, or in the stores from the list above, FreeFrom series sold at Superstore are also good (not exactly sure on what is used to feed the animals, but the meat is free of growth hormones).