NATURAL BEEF: THE ORIGINAL

Long before the federal government blessed the term "organic beef," producers were going to market with "natural" beef, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as minimally processed and containing no artificial ingredients. Cost and seasonal limitations kept such cuts from becoming a mainstream item. For many years, sales languished in retail venues catering to natural and organic shoppers.

Long before the federal government blessed the term "organic beef," producers were going to market with "natural" beef, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as minimally processed and containing no artificial ingredients. Cost and seasonal limitations kept such cuts from becoming a mainstream item. For many years, sales languished in retail venues catering to natural and organic shoppers. Even today, industry watchers are hard-pressed to come up with a figure, but they estimate natur

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