For great stretches of the United States bison (a.k.a. buffalo) is a historically local meat. Leaner, and with more beneficial fatty acids than beef, bison is heralded as a healthy protein source. Bison advocates also point out their vital environmental role in maintaining healthy prairies. Find sources for sustainably raised bison (buffalo) here.
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Wild Idea Buffalo takes sustainability extremely seriously and sees the raising of bison as part of restoring environmental balance to the Great Plains. Wild Idea Buffalo bison are individually harvested in the field, a method many people believe is vastly more humane that slaughterhouses.
The care taken in the raising and slaughtering of Wild Idea Buffalo bison is carried through in the butchery, packaging, and shipping of their meats.
New Grass Bison Co. bison sources bison from small and medium ranches that raise bison in their native plains environment - mostly in Kansas - where the animals can graze on prairie grasses. Like other pastured bison and cattle, the resulting meat has been found to contain healthier fats and fatty acids that grain-fed and feedlot animals.
Black Forest Bison has been raising all pastured, no feed lot bison just north of Colorado Springs since 2002. Along with standard cuts of bison meat, they also sell a variety of bison sausages and jerkys.