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Non-organic meat vs. organic

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I'm on a very limited income, with not a lot of money to spend on food, much less specialized organic. I'm able to occasionally get fresh eggs and raw milk from my brother, but that's as organic as I get.

I intend to start a modified paleo diet, but the idea of eating a lot of conventionally raised meat - especially beef - is scary. What have any of you done to keep costs low but also eat organic meat? I'm assuming salmon is paleo; canned salmon is very affordable and I intend to go heavy in that direction.

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41544 · November 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Nothing stopping butchers from accepting SNAP. There are a number of farmers markets that now accept government benefits.

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1262 · November 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

What Sam says. I will pick up our steer Nov. 26 (together with 32 chickens and a couple turkeys), and it is unbelievable that we are the only ones wanting the liver, the heart, the tallow, and the marrow bones (we split the non-marrow ones). They are not stupid, the rest always splits the tail for examplw, we never had it once since 2006, but they are limited. I am the one doing the driving (it is two hours from here) in exchange for the offal/bones/suet, but who do you think comes out ahead? You could drive steers for people and get free meat and fat.

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598 · November 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

The biggest concern to me is the hormones, antibiotics, etc... If you can, try to get beef that is clean of these things even if it lacks the "organic" label. It actually costs the farmer quite a lot to put that label on so in some cases, non-organic products are produced more cleanly than organic. Aim for local and hormone-free IMO. In the end, get whatever meat you can and just eat less of it if it's chock full of nasties.

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208 · November 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Look to split with other people doing cow shares. Many people don't want the cheaper cuts and you could possibly score a big deal this way. When I've bought 1/4 cow I regretted getting the roasts as I'm the only family member who likes them. I've got steak eaters living with me. LOL

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41544 · November 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

"Conventional" meat is fine. Organic is so over-hyped.

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0 · November 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

100% grass fed organ meat is a great way to go. I've have deep-fried liver ($6/pound from a local farmer) and got full quite quickly. Admittedly, I had to add a lot of mayo to eat it, but have two more recipes to try. Somehow I will learn to eat this stuff!

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0 · November 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM

One more thought, kind of in the same vein...

Do you feel that the paleo diet is elitist? For example, you can't use SNAP benefits to buy half a cow at your local organic butcher.

I have to admit I'm bothered by this aspect of paleo, and am interested in opinions.

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41544 · November 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Nothing stopping butchers from accepting SNAP. There are a number of farmers markets that now accept government benefits.

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