A new trade group founded by musician and cattleman Texas Slim aims to produce beef for locally sourced subscription boxes, but the group plans to offer more than that, taking up producers’ pledges, providing life coaching, and gourmet dining options. All with an additional Bitcoin payment option — for those who are into that kind of thing.
The Beef Initiative advertises boxed, certified Angus beef “free of antibiotics, added hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.” The group promises to go above and beyond organic practices.
Although the initiative says it will focus on animal welfare, it does not detail how it’ll certify producer practices or what “goes beyond organic practices” means. It details that it will focus on “making food more localized, redundant, and secure” throughout the process.
Currently, consumers can choose a rancher who meets their personal preferences. After choosing a rancher, shoppers can choose a box, a monthly or a one-time plan, and check out.
The caveat? Of the 180 ranchers and producers who took a pledge led by the Beef Initiative not to use mRNA vaccines, only three Texas producers are currently listed on the website with meat available: K&C Cattle Co., Holy Cow Beef, and Texas Slim Cuts.
And you’ll have to pick up your meat at one of the warehouses in Texas or pay for UPS shipping.
The @beefinitiative has over 180 ranchers/producers who have taken the pledge to never use nor allow mRNA in their cattle & supply chain models.
Find your rancher here
— Texas Slim⚔ (@modernTman) July 15, 2023
Texas Slim and the Beef Initiative are among a larger group of producers, legislatures, and smaller processors that are looking to fill a market for people who want to eat locally grown foods that bypass larger supply chains.
More producers may join the Beef Initiative force, as Texas Slim highlights micro-summit gatherings connecting ranchers, farmers, and consumers to share insights on nutrition, business, Bitcoin, and agriculture.
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