Organic Beef Report CoverLeft: A diverse mix of cattle graze openly at Ayrshire Farm, a Cornucopia rated, 5-steak farm on our Organic Beef Scorecard. In contrast, factory farm cattle live in poor, overcrowded feedlot conditions. The dairy and beef industries are linked: your ground beef may have come from a dairy cow. When you choose highly rated beef from Cornucopia’s Organic Beef Scorecard, you’re supporting farms like the one pictured on the left.

Beef is complicated and increasingly maligned. But The Cornucopia Institute is here to guide you to choices you can feel good about.

Cornucopia’s report, Value Meal: The Benefits of Organic Beef, uncovers the latest research in certified organic beef production, with takeaways for policymakers, wholesalers, retailers and co-ops, and anyone interested in shifting their beef buying habits to prioritize quality over quantity.

The accompanying Organic Beef Scorecard is your guide to understanding the dizzying spectrum of beef production practices and a tool for getting as close as possible to the best that’s out there: authentic organic beef production. With more than 175 brands, the scorecard is our biggest yet. Learn more by digging deeper:

Organic Beef Scorecard
Understanding the Scoring
Understanding the Criteria

Health Advantages of Organic Beef
Organic Beef at a Glance
Everything you wanted to know about organic beef
INFOGRAPHIC: How is Your Beef Finished? (View and Print PDF)

ILLUSTRATION: The Spectrum of Beef
VIDEO: Wheatfield Hill Organics
10 Reasons to Buy Authentic Organic Beef 

At a time when it seems like everyone is talking about beef, this body of work is a critical contribution to a narrative that overlooks the community of hardworking authentic organic beef producers who help support rural communities, while stewarding the environment.

You’ll notice a few changes to our report format. Rather than one mammoth report, we’ve broken our research into a series of articles that makes this complex subject a little easier to digest. Wondering about the latest research related to the nutrition? Check out our article on health advantages of organic beef. Need a deep dive on the subject matter? We answer your questions in Everything you wanted to know about organic beef.

Authentic Organic

Research, and how it’s presented, matters. It’s a necessary bridge to understanding the most complex corners of our food system. Paired with art, it unlocks an even deeper level of meaning and awareness. For the first time, we’ve commissioned an artist to illustrate a persistent theme in our work: food and farming exist on a spectrum with authentic organic systems on one end and dystopian factory farms on the other.

Don’t be surprised if Fumi Mini Nakamura’s illustrations stay with you the next time you walk into the grocery store or farmer’s market. Her work reminds us of the vibrancy and hope inherent in authentic organic agriculture.

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