The term ‘grass fed’ has become quite popular in recent years. Grass fed butter has become all the rage thanks, in part, to the sudden popularity of butter in coffee, and studies continue to come out that indicate the improved health benefits of both grass fed dairy and meat.
You may see many different labels on products that seem to indicate the same thing: 'grass fed,' 'grass finished,' 'pasture raised' or '100% grass fed.' In practice, grass finished implies meat that has been raised entirely on grass - and not finished on grain. 100% grass fed means the same thing, and sometimes simply labelling ‘grass fed’ is meant to imply this as well.
Pasture raised indicates the equivalent of grass fed for animals that don’t consume grass, such as hogs or chickens.
In fact the label of ‘grass-fed’ is still relatively new, and throughout Canada the term ‘grass-fed’ is largely unregulated. It wasn’t until 2013 that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved the first certification label for grass-fed meat, through the certifying body Animal Welfare Approved. Alberta’s own TK Ranch was the first Canadian ranch to achieve this certification.
Sunnyside Natural Market develops close relationships with our farmers and producers, and we get out to visit farms as much as possible. Growing these relationships ensures we can provide grass fed products that we trust. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of grass fed dairy and meat, and what grass fed products you can find in the store.