This was forwarded to me from a nearby orgaic
Darlene Smith GICD
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Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 7:59 PM
Subject: Feedlot Beef IS Grassfed !!! ????
I'm forwarding this message to those
of you that may not be aware of this new labeling spin.
For those so inclined, we need comments on the proposed grass fed
rules. I have responded to numerous groups the past week along
The wording is as follows: Grass Fed.--Grass,
green or range pasture, or
forage shall be 80% or more of the primary energy
source throughout the
animal's life cycle.
The NCBA has a hand in the
wording. In my arguments with them over the
years for support for the
grass fed sector, they argued that according to
research (I am seeking this
research) the average feedlot steer consumes 85%
of its lifetime diet on
pasture. I am sure they added a 5% margin for
What the proposed label would mean is grass fed
labels in the super markets
with absolutely no change in the method of
Here are some links to the proposed rules:
Release link: http://www.ams.usda.gov/news/291-02.htm
LS Program link: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/stand/claim.htm This site will
link you to the
Federal Register PDF or text file, in addition to the
Federal Register Link:
American Pasturage, Inc.
Marionville, MO 65705