One of the most frequently asked questions in a vegetarian or vegan blog or forum is, “Is meat from butchers better than food available at the grocery store?” It’s a good question and one that deserves some thoughtful analysis. I’m going to try to give you an answer in this post. Hopefully I won’t cause you to doubt that you can find better deals than those you can buy at the store.
The primary reason people buy meat at butchers is for the texture. This is particularly important for people who live in countries where the only way to get meat is to raise cattle on a small farm, on a piece of land. Cattle are usually the easiest animals to care for, because they are very low-maintenance and eat mainly grasses and dung. The best sources of natural fertilizer include alfalfa and clover, both of which can be used by herbivores and vegetarians alike. For the person who is not raised on a large farm, this offers some hope of eating some good-quality animal products without having to do much of the work.
Another reason that some people choose to buy from the butcher shop rather than eating it directly from the animal is health. After all, we know that eating animals is bad for us, even if they are not allowed to have antibiotics or other health-care treatments! By eating the carcass of dead animals, we help the bacterial colonies in the intestines begin to grow and flourish, thereby producing less harmful toxins for us. This is obviously a huge benefit, especially for anyone with a pre-existing digestive system issue.
If you aren’t concerned about your animal’s health, but simply want to buy the cheapest possible piece of meat, that’s an option as well. Butchers cut animals in much the same way that animal trainers cut dogs or cats. Their knives, if sharp, can injure an animal just as badly as their nails. So, is it better to eat something cut by a machine or a knife? It depends on your situation. Some butchers have made a practice of selling diseased meat, so you may want to avoid this type of butchery.
Finally, one of the biggest reasons that people buy in bulk is so that they can cook the meat themselves. Although most butchers have the equipment necessary to slice, dice, or chop vegetables along with the meat, many also have the recipes necessary to cook these products. So, is meat from butchers better? At one time, yes, they probably were.
Nowadays, most butchers do not sell their meat directly to consumers. Instead, they have establishments where customers can buy frozen pre-cut meat from butchers. Customers visit these establishments, and they are given a choice of what cuts of meat they want. They then pay for their meat and have it brought to their home. Once there, they will start to cook their own food at home, using whatever cuts of meat they choose. This can be a more expensive way to buy meat, but if you are not a butcher, and you do not have time to prepare your own food, you may find that purchasing your own pre-cut meat from butchers saves you some time.
Butchers know that many people cannot cook at home or do not have the time to prepare their own meals. That is why they offer this option. If you are an avid hunter who likes to spend hours outdoors, but cannot because of a back injury, or are retired, and still need a good meal, a butchery is a great place to go. You can sit down and enjoy a meal, and have it prepared exactly how you want it. This can be much better than a fast food restaurant, and you will likely feel better for eating such a healthy meal.
While some people may find that eating meats from butchers is better for them, others may find that it is not as good for them. The choice is really up to you. If you are an animal lover and want to know whether or not eating animals is better for you, simply put yourself in the shoes of the animals, and decide if you want to eat meat at a restaurant, or make your own at home.