The cost of better school lunch meat: yikes!
Food and Drink Examiner Eric Burkett sends this astonishing report from the school lunch front. The school system in Portland, Oregon asked Oregon State University to conduct a taste test to find out whether kids preferred local grass-fed beef to grain-fed beef of unknown origin. Results? The kids could tell the difference but were evenly split on preference.
BUT–the cost difference! Grain-fed beef = $17.11 per case (140 patties per case). Grass-fed beef = $44.85 a case (75 patties per case). If the weights were the same, this means the grain-fed = 12.2 cents per patty vs. 59.8 cents each for the grass fed. Is this really true?
If so, I can’t think of a better reason for some new farm policies.