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Grass Fed vs. Organic Beef: What’s the Difference?

Difference between grass fed and organic beef

Beef. Four letters, so many possibilities. This wholesome, simple ingredient can help you create an Instagram-famous lasagna, the world’s best burger, or a taco dip that your family will ask for every weekend.

But, which beef should you buy to make these memorable meals? You’ve probably seen grass fed and organic labels when you’re shopping for beef, and you might have even been led to believe they’re the same thing. We’re here to help you understand the difference between grass fed and organic beef—read on for answers!

Grass Fed vs Organic Beef Infographic

What does grass fed beef mean?

When you see the words “grass fed,” this means the beef is produced from cattle that consumed grass and forages as part of their diet at some point during their lives.

What does organic mean?

According to the USDA, organic cattle are raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (like the ability to graze on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and are not administered antibiotics or hormones. You’ll easily be able to tell that beef is organic if you see the “USDA Organic” label.

Why Grass Run Farms 100% Grass Fed Beef?

Our 100% grass fed and finished beef comes from cattle that never eat anything but grass their entire lives—in fact, they feed on 100% grasses and forages right here in America’s Heartland.

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So, what’s the difference between grass fed and organic beef?

It’s possible for beef to be both, but not all grass fed beef is Certified Organic, and not all Certified Organic beef is grass fed. You’ll want to keep an eye on beef labels to be certain you know what you’re eating.

Have more questions? Check out our helpful FAQ page, brush up on all things grass fed beef on our blog, and learn more about beef labels like grass fed, grass finished, and organic.

And, when you’re ready to get cooking, shop our growing collection of American-made, super tasty grass fed beef products at a store near you.

†Cattle must have continuous access to pasture during grazing season