We are very excited to welcome the American Grassfed Association as the official meat sponsor for ShiftCon 2015! They will be providing all of the meat for the conference.
The American Grassfed Association was started in 2003, by a group of food service industry personnel and consumer interest representatives. The goal of the association is to promote the grassfed industry through government relations, research, concept marketing and public education.
AGA defines grassfed animals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. In addition, all AGA-Certified Producers are American family farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S.
By choosing grassfed meat, you can be sure it’s healthy, as research shows that grassfed meat is lean, contains a high percentage of Omega 3s and CLA, as well as beneficial antioxidant vitamins and minerals. It also meets are guidelines of being good for the planet and communities. Pasture-based farming restores natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat, reduces reliance on petrochemicals, improves the soil with organic matter, and reduces greenhouse gasses, especially CO2. Small family farms provide jobs and strong economies in rural communities and create sustainable businesses for succeeding generations.
Not just cows.
The American Grassfed Association includes farms and farmers who produce cattle, goats, sheep, and bison. These animals evolved to eat grass and not much else, so feeding them a diet rich in grains creates an acidic environment in their digestive systems, leading to disease and the need for treatment with antibiotics. By allowing them to live and eat in the way that they do naturally, you elimate the need for hormones and antibiotics, and have an overall healthier, and tastier, product.
As well as providing high standards for producers to adhere to, the American Grassfed Association also has a great recipe section on their website to help consumers get the best experience with grassfed products.