Let’s assume the food in the grocery store is the same as the food here at Tara Firma. You pay $10 for lb of steak at the store. You pay another $800 in taxes through the farm bill…it is a subsidy you pay. These taxes pay for the following:
1 gallon of oil per pound to run the factories, grow the grain and ship the meat.
Feedlot food travels 2000 miles on average to get to your table
2500 gallons of water to create 1lb of steak
10 lbs of grain = 1lb of steak
16% Green house gasses from feedlot cattle (methane).
184B cubic ft of methane emitted from factory farms each year.
14B lbs of toxic pesticides used each yr to kill bad bugs while killing good bugs that build soil.
291B tons of waste from factory farms to clean up and dispose of.
Factory farms and mono cropping are #1 pollutant of U.S. rivers killing ecosystems.
72% of all antibiotic used in the U.S are used on animals in factory farms.
Cancer in the U.S. has skyrocketed to 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 woman by age 65.
Average American is 30% overweight and 15% or our children are overweight.
The price tag is over $800 per pound of steak. You pay $10 at the counter and over $800 in tax subsidy called The Farm Bill.
Billions of dollars go to 10% of farmers or 72% of the subsidy. These are “corporate factory farmers”, feed lot conglomerates pushing chicken, beef and pork as hard as it can be pushed without regard to the health of the meat, the animal or the system from which it is created. It wreaks havoc on every aspect of our existence.
At Tara Firma and others farms like ours you would pay $20 for that same pound of steak and that’s it. All in. No outside subsidy. The cost is the cost. We don’t get you in hidden costs. We pay for the land, taxes, workers compensation. We have health insurance for our employees, we pay over minimum wage- not a lot but higher. We have a profit sharing plan and an equity plan for our leaders. We are a responsible business offering a responsible product at a responsible price.
And by the way, the first statement in this answer was to “assume the food in the grocery store” is the same as pasture raised here at Tara Firma. It’s not. It’s like comparing a lifeless desert to a soil-rich, dense grassland. Both are land. That’s about it.
Consistent stress over the entire life of an animal does not produce healthy meat. No stress, happy animals is the most important aspect of raising food. What they eat is second. Animals on pasture, treated with respect, not only produce healthy food but also add healthy manure to the soil to build the microbial life that supports plant life- all without antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and a host of other harmful toxins.