Blog: How organic is organic beef?

Catherine Sleep | 9 June 2003

Organic beef is sometimes marketed as being safer than non-organic beef because there has never been a case of BSE found in organic cattle. Yet this isn't quite true. There have been cases of BSE in organic cows - as the Food Standard Agency pamphlet hyperlinked below states.

Digging a little deeper, I found out that there have been no cases of BSE reported in organic cattle that have been reared their entire life on an organic farm. However, there have been 1-2 cases where cattle have been reared on conventional farms and then converted to organic farming. It is believed that they were infected earlier when they were at conventional farms and the symptoms occurred during the conversion process or after completion.

Which raises the question: How organic is organic meat?

FSA pamphlet


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