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“T-Bone Tuesdays”

Tama County Farm Bureau brings: love of real meat to grocery shoppers-

May 7, 2019
Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The 2018 Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index, which polls Iowan grocery shoppers on their buying habits and food beliefs, showed nearly 90 percent of Iowa households eat beef on a weekly basis. In addition, with plant-based meat alternatives finding a way into the market, 70 percent of respondents didn't believe these items should be allowed to use the "meat" label.

So, to bring the people what they want-real meat- Tama County Farm Bureau has partnered with Toledo Fareway to give away packs of T-bone steaks.

Each "T-bone Tuesday" during the month of May, the Toledo Fareway will draw for one lucky winner to receive a four pack of T-bones. To enter the contest, visit the meat counter to have your name entered. No purchase is necessary, and winners will be contacted via phone by the county Farm Bureau. "My husband and I raise cattle in northern Tama County and take pride in the high-quality, nutritious source of protein our beef provides to other Iowans" says Tama County Farm Bureau member Lisa Kubik. "T-Bone Tuesday is another way we can give back to the community by sharing the nutritional benefits of beef and why it's a great choice for dinner for our family and yours."

With the rise of diets focused on protein and animal fats, like the Keto and Paleo diets, beef remains a popular choice for meat eaters and health enthusiasts. A single 3-oz serving of beef provides the human body with half of the daily recommended value of protein and is a great source of nutrients that help build muscle mass and promote a healthy brain. And despite the buzz in the news, beef is actually a sustainable food product with a low carbon footprint. "Here in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which looks at admissions electricity production and use makes up about 30 percent of all greenhouse gases, transportation about 27 percent and animal agriculture less than 4 percent," said Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor of animal science and an air quality extension specialist at University California, Davis, in a recent Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman Speaks podcast.

"The 'T-Bone Tuesday' promotion last year was a huge hit, and we are excited to be partnering with Tama County Farm Bureau to bring it back to our store," says John Keenan, Toledo Fareway's meat department manager.

Follow the Tama County Facebook page for more beef facts and to see weekly photos of the T-Bone Tuesday winners.



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