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Fw: Feedlot Beef IS Grassfed !!! ????

  • Subject: [cg] Fw: Feedlot Beef IS Grassfed !!! ????
  • From: "Darlene Smith" cdarlene@ev1.net
  • Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 09:12:05 -0600

This was forwarded  to me from a nearby orgaic farm.
Darlene Smith GICD
----- Original Message -----
From: lmagedson
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. Lynn
For those so inclined, we need comments on the proposed grass fed labeling
rules.  I have responded to numerous groups the past week along with the

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 their

What the proposed label would mean is grass fed labels in the super markets
with absolutely no change in the method of production.

Here are some links to the proposed rules:

Press Release link: 

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 press

Federal Register Link:
Rick Hopkins
American Pasturage, Inc.
P.O. Box 190
Marionville, MO  65705


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