Raising grass-fed beef is easy. Cows love grass and grass loves cows. The hard part is bringing cattle to market weight on grass -- rather than fattening them in feedlots for the last six months of their lives -- because you need cowboys to do it.
In the early 1980s, the European Union prohibited the use of such steroids in beef production on safety grounds, banning the import of hormone-treated beef in 1989 on safety grounds. The $64-million question is: How much of this allegedly inert material persists in our environment?
The small village of Qunu where Mandela grew up is so far removed from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and even the idea of the international hero he has become. For Mandela, now ill and nearing the end, it will probably all end here, where it began.
As owner of Heritage Meats, an artisan butcher shop that specializes in organic, locally grown and sustainable meat products and services, Tracy Smaciarz can also tell a lot about a particular animal by visiting them at the farm.
Right now, it's good to be a bison farmer. There's a growing demand for the meat, prices have doubled, and there's a lot more interest in the food community, something attributable to the changing American diet.