One of the things the article fails to mention is precisely why it might be better if we have to pay a little more for beef: it’s a natural way to help us not over-consume it. Eating less beef would be super easy, if beef was expensive. Right now conventionally-raised meat is cheaper, especially if you think about it in terms of cost-per-calorie, than vegetables and legumes. But we’re paying a hidden cost, as with so many other things in our modern American culture. Anyway, if TIME magazine is talking about it, maybe grass-fed beef will start to get more mainstream.
Here in Minnesota, there are several sources for grass-fed beef near the Twin Cities, including:
Grass-Run Farm (they are actually in Decorah, IA)
Thousand Hills Cattle Company (Cannon Falls)
Cedar Summit Farm (New Prague) — they also have milk from grass-fed cows
I’ve had beef from all three of these places. I found Grass-Run farm to be the cheapest, but they were all good. I’m sure there are many other sources, too. Minnesota is really a leader in the local foods movement.