Good video and well worth a watch. J.Claffey made some excellent points and they are well worth discussing.
He rates Irish beef. Fair enough. But I have to disagree. Cattle are now bred to produce lean beef. When the fat is low the flavour is gone.
Why did farmers go down the lean beef route? Well because in the 60s scientists told us obesity was on the rise because of fatty foods. But we now know that it wasnt the fat in meats that was causing obesity.
Is grass-fed beef necessary? This article takes a look at the major differences between grass and grain-fed beef, and the animal welfare and health impacts.
Nutritionally grass fed beef is better quality overall, you just get more marbling with more grain fed due to higher fat content, especially monounsaturated fat, and why people might like its taste more.
But grass fed is far better for the animal and if you don't like having potentially massive amounts of antibiotics in your beef, not to mention the growth hormones given to speed up the growth of the animal alongside the large amounts of energy the cow is given to eat due to the grain that would not be the case on a primarily grass based diet.
Grain fed cows may only take 6 months to fatten or less, and many are likely to die anyway if not slaughtered as a primarily grain based diet slowly kills the cow, which is why all the extra antibiotics are needed. There is a balance depending on who's growing the cattle, but again as stated above, if you want them certified as grass fed, they will have to be fed mostly grass with a longer lifespan as a result in the cattle. Not a fan of factory farming myself and there's enough drugs and chemicals in our water supplies with people flushing/dumping god knows into it, that id prefer it wasn't throughout our meat as well.
Importing food from half way round the world is a bad for the enviroment. Locally produced food requires less fuel to put on your dinner plate. Quality control is much better and harmful chemicals are strictly controled Brazil for instance uses chemicals banned in the EU.