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It can be eye-opening when you start researching where your steak comes from.
Living in a society with a large industrial food system, it’s easy to not know. You can go to the grocery store and buy meat that’s nicely cut, processed and wrapped for your convenience.
What if we all took a step back and asked where the meat came from? That steak came from somewhere (something), right?
That is when things get interesting.
With an industrial food system comes factory farming. Unfortunately the main goals of industrial farming is to increase yields, with the animals being treated as commodities, not living creatures. This business model leads to inhumane treatment of animals, unhealthy working conditions and massive environmental impacts (researchers have put the annual cost of environmental damage caused by US industrial farming at 34.7 billion dollars.)
It’s important to us at in.gredients to source our meat from local ranchers. By having a relationship with them, we know that the animals are treated humanely, the workers make a livable wage, and the farmers are doing their part to be environmentally conscious.
Because of our belief in fair and humane farming practices, we are thrilled to hear that Bastrop Cattle Company has started a campaign to build their own processing plant. The plant would benefit the local community by creating 30 jobs while providing a place for other small producers to process meat. The plant would also be designed as a wastewater treatment facility allowing the reuse of water for irrigation.
Bastrop Cattle Company believes in transparency and has always been open with customers about how and where their beef comes from. The same holds true for this campaign. BCC will publish the budget for the project and detail how the funds generated will be used.
BCC is taking another step to bring local, sustainable agriculture back into the spotlight. This processing plant would be an investment to ensure that local foods-raised AND processed- are available in Central Texas.
That is a project we can get behind.
Take the time to research for yourself, and help out a great local business working towards change in our community.
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What is it?
A monthly variety of sustainably-raised meats from local farmers, including Bastrop Cattle Company, Windy Hill Farm, Dewberry Hill Farm, and Richardson Farms!
How it works
The inaugural BCC Meat Club begins in September 2012 and runs through February 2013. The cost of each membership is $1000 for six monthly orders of all your local meat needs.
Initial payment: $400 due on Friday 31 August 2012 to reserve your membership and ensure BCC is able to process the appropriate amount of meat.
Monthly selection: Each member will receive a monthly “Meat List” by the 5th of each month, highlighting which products the BCC Meat Club will be offering members that month.
Submitting your order: Each member will have until the 10th of each month to submit their monthly order.
Monthly meat pickup: BCC Meat Club will send you an email notification when your order’s ready for pickup. This will occur during the third or fourth week of each month, and specify when you can pick your order up.
Order payment: Payment is due when you receive your monthly order at BCC’s pickup location.
Pickup location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin TX 78722 (map here).
Why you should join
- All animals are raised in local pastures by family farmers and ranchers.
- All animals are hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
- All animals are humanely treated.
- Texavore: $1200 for 6 months
- Localvore: $500 for 4 months