4 Compelling Reasons to Splurge on Local, Organic, Free Range Protein

1. Eat Less and Help the Planet

Because local, organic, free range protein is so expensive you may be forced to buy less.

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But this is a good thing and not only for your health.  In his book Food Matters, Mark Bittman discusses how he became a “less meatatarian.”  Bittman had received a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that stated that “global livestock production is responsible for about one-fifth or all greenhouse gases – more than transportation.”  Bittman argues that our over-consumption of meat also uses land, energy and food that will be unsustainable in the future.  The use of land for raising animals as well as the food that is grown to feed them could be used instead to grow healthy produce and eliminate hunger world-wide.  It’s definitely food for thought.

2. Organic, Free Range is Healthier than Mass Produced

Something happens biologically to animals that are confined and fed commercial diets.  That is all animals that are not local and free range.  Dr. Alejandro Junger in his book Clean explains about cows this way; “Cows have plenty of these (omega-3) fats in their bodies when they live naturally, roaming free and eating grass.  But when cows are confined to small spaces and fed corn, they become inflamed, generating excess amounts of omega-6 fats.” The body needs a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.  When we eat protein with excess omega-6 in creates an imbalance in our own bodies which can lead to inflamation, arthritis and cancer.

3. You Eat What the Cows Eat

Yesterday’s Washington Post wonders if the use of prophylactic antibiotics in the feed of commercially raised food animals is giving rise to “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics.

It’s a situation worth pondering when you next reach for meat or poultry at the grocery store. Food animals consume about 80 percent of anti­biotics sold in the United States, of which two-thirds are similar or identical to drugs used in human medicine. Most of them go to make healthy animals grow faster and stay well, often in difficult and crowded conditions. Giving antibiotics to sick animals is proper, but questions continue to be raised about the wisdom of distributing antibiotics in their feed and water supplies to whole flocks and herds for growth-enhancing and prophylactic purposes.

They end by saying; “The evidence is overwhelming that bacteria are evolving in ways that make many antibiotic drugs less useful. Overuse of antibiotics in agriculture is not the only reason, but it is a significant part of the equation. A more concerted effort is needed by industry, regulators and science to reverse this trend, before we confront a new generation of superbugs.”  You can read the whole article here.

4. Support Your Local Economy

Consumers have a big say in what makes it to the marketplace. The more we demand antibiotic, hormone and GMO free food, the more available it will become.  And more affordable.  But buying local, humanely raised beef and chicken also supports your local farms.  They can hire more people, pay taxes into the community and everybody wins.

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