Why Is Grass-Fed Important To My Family?
That’s a great question. Every day we are bombarded with words that purport to show that this product or that product is better than the next. We hear words like “Free Range” and “Organic” just to name a couple. What do they really mean? Do they mean anything?
Words are important and they do have meaning. Believe us, corporate agriculture employs armies of marketers, media specialists and lawyers to exploit and manipulate our buying habits using every means possible. In order to be savvy consumers, we must be familiar with the food jargon lest we become the unwitting pawns of Cargill, ConAgra or ADM.
If there was something
better than organic,
wouldn’t you want to know?
Which of these is right for your family?
- When animals consume a substantial portion of their diet through foraging, they choose what comes natural to them. They choose to eat what nature intended before corporations began to “engineer” animals to meet a rigid cookie cutter that fit the assembly line.
- Grass fed lamb has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid,” or CLA. More information on the health aspects of pasture raised meats is available from “Eat Wild”.
- Pasture raised hens lay eggs that contain1/3 less cholesterol,1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E, & seven times more beta carotene. This from a study reported in “Mother Earth News”
- When properly managed, raising animals on pasture instead of factory farms is a net benefit to the environment. Again see “Eat Wild”
- Not only are we likely to be healthier eating grass-fed proteins, the animals themselves are very much healthier and happier in a pasture setting. Stress, disease and mortality are almost eliminated when animals forage and interact in a natural way.
- Not only do the livestock benefit, the outdoor environment is better for the farmer. The farmer and customer benefit as well, from a more personal relationship with each learning first hand the needs of the other.
- Ultimately, our economy and our world benefit form a lowered carbon footprint and a “Real” accounting of the cost of “Cheap Food”.