A natural grain of tough muscle fiber runs along cuts of meat

Achieving food security depends on changes on the demand side of the equation as well as the supply side. Along with moving to smaller families to curb population growth, this means cutting individual consumption by eating less grain-intensive livestock products and eliminating waste in the food system. An American living high on the food chain with a diet heavy in grain-intensive livestock products, including red meat, consumes twice as much grain as the average Italian and nearly four times as much as the average Indian. By adopting a Mediterranean diet, Americans can cut their grain footprint roughly in half, improving health while increasing global food security.

More grain could feed more people than could the amount of meat such grain could produce.

Across the grain in Sliced meat, like a roast, makes for more tender bites. The grain is 1/4" by the width of the slice. In large muscles the fibers run the length or the muscle so it is just easier to cut across the grain for multiple uniform sized steaks and slices. Think what Rib Steaks would look like cut WITH the grain...Not available on the Bone, large slabs some all Rib eye, some mostly the Spinalis muscle, cap over the eye on the Chuck end. Some with a huge strip of silver skin down the middle, some with a big Fat Cap or fat internally. All muscles cut with the grain would comprise two worthless outer steaks that were covered in Fat and a sheet of Connective Tissue. Look at the steak below to see what I mean. Picture this cut top to bottom...JJ

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The nutrition provided by meat might outweigh the benefit provided by feeding people grain, especially if alternate sources of food are available. Field Roast Grain Meat Co., Inc. produces and markets vegetarian meat products. The company offers vegetarian frankfurters, roasts, sausages, deli slices, cutlets, and loaves. Field Roast Grain Meat Co., Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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Only pasture raised and source-verified beef cattle are selected for the ONM program, and are then fed a high-quality, 100% vegetarian diet consisting of “Upcycled” brewer’s grain from Ninkasi Brewing Company and/or “Upcycled” grass pellets from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our cattle are carefully processed at a small local USDA federally inspected facility near Eugene, Oregon. The carcasses are dry-aged before selected parts are further processed. Premium wholesale cuts are further aged, both dry and in the bag, under stringent temperature and sanitary controls, before being distributed to customers. This closely controlled processing and dual-aging system results in locally produced meat products with premium safety, quality, consistency and workmanship.

Rising Meat Consumption Takes Big Bite out of Grain Harvest


Start by making a note of which way the grain runs when it is easy to see the grain, when the meat is raw. Look at the obvious grain in the flank steak, below. It runs from lower left to upper right. So the knife goes from upper left to lower right, parallel to the black line.Muscle fibers can be tough, difficult to chew and digest. Slicing against the grain helps to tenderize the meat by shortening those fibers. You may not notice this that much with a soft muscle, like a tenderloin, but this can mean all the difference in the world when you're slicing through a tougher cut of meat like a skirt or a flank steak or a roast, and it can even save an overdone piece of meat (slice the meat thinly against the grain, and moisten with a sauce or gravy before serving).