Eating Meat has Become a Bit of a Controversy These DaysEverywhere you turn are reminders to limit the intake of meats, especially red meats, for your health's sake. Some groups try to persuade everyone to stop eating any meat at all, bombarding the world with the horrors of factory farming. And then there is also the heavy toll the current meat industry takes on the environment.
The truth, however, is not quite found in any of those arguments. It turns out that when animals for food are raised and killed in a humane and natural way, their meat and milk are not only healthier and actually good for people, but also better for the environment on different levels.
You can educate yourself and change your life in these easy steps:
Educate yourselfThe first step is to learn some of the many reasons why the majority of the meat supply is very bad for your health: laden with the chemicals and antibiotics fed to the animals, heavy with saturated fat. Basically, the animals are very unhealthy, so how could their meat be anything more? In many cases, they aren't even fed the correct diet for their species! Most people today have read and heard plenty about the health risks involved with eating meat, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, and more. But taking time to educate yourself about the ways that animals for food are raised, fed, and slaughtered will help you to begin to see the reasons that most meat today is unhealthy -- and the ways you can change that.
Understand the reasons a compassionate person would not want to eat most of our meat supply: it is true that the treatment of these animals is beyond horrific! Pigs are clamped down into "beds" where they endure pregnancy, birthing, and then nursing their babies, never allowed to even stand or turn around. Cattle and chickens are housed in cramped, indoor "factories", without enough room for their normal activities. This breeds filth and bacteria and so it's easy to see that unhealthy, stressed animals cannot possibly produce meat, milk, or eggs that are healthy for us. Cattle are fed only grains for the main of their diet, which is very unhealthy for them and causes them sometimes severe stomach and digestion problems, for which medications are then administered. Are you to willing to believe those medications don't make their way onto your plate? These animals are natural grazers and foragers, never intended for the types of food and the clamped down lives they are forced to lead. All the links have been grouped together at the end of the article for your convenience.
Dig a little deeperBut you have to dig a little deeper to discern the truth from the hype: some groups want everyone to be vegan (using NO animal products at all) and others want to maintain the status quo of big factory farms: Watch out for the agenda on both sides. Always note who you are reading/listening to and take the "grain of salt" as needed. There are real, serious reasons we should not allow our animals to be treated this way, but it is dangerous to listen to all of the hype on either extreme.
Learn about the ways that healthy environments and feeding affects the meat, milk, eggsLearn about the ways that healthy environments and feeding affects the meat, milk, eggs
Take the time to visit the links listed below and read all of the material, to learn all the differences in the meat of animals that are raised free and naturally, and those that are factory raised.
It is not the meat but the way the animals are raised, fed, medicated, and then slaughtered that makes the meat unhealthy for us! When cattle are allowed to graze naturally, eating grasses and hay as they are designed to, their meat has levels of Omega 3 fatty acids that rival that of TUNA! In this research you'll also learn the environmental benefits of raising our livestock in a humane and sustainable manner.
Locate local productsUse the resources listed below to locate the many products available from smaller farms in your region, that have decided to take the hard (and better) road and go back to farming in a natural way. They let their cattle graze freely for their whole lives, they don't separate calves from their mothers, they don't force feed them grain (note that some will still finish on grain, so ask), and when it is time for slaughter it is done gently and humanely, and the animals are not squashed into huge trucks upside down, sideways, however they will fit and transported far away for hours or days before slaughter. That is better for the animals, of course, but also better for us because there are no heavy deposits of stress hormones in the meat. Their hogs, chickens, and lambs also roam and graze, freely foraging and being supplemented with real, wholesome food that is proper for them to eat. They also are not squashed into trucks and shipped far away for "processing". Just eliminating that stress alone can effect the chemical changes in their bodies at and just before death, so that the meat is already healthier for us. You may find small farms near you that have pasture grazed cattle. Or you may find this meat at farmer's markets. If you can't find it locally, you can also find in the links below those who ship their products.
Once you've educated yourself and located sources it is time to apply what you've learned, and begin to build a new, healthier and greener lifestyle. If you are hooked on processed meats, such as canned meats, specialty meats, hot dogs, etc. then you have a double (or triple) health hazard. You will need to wean yourself from these heavily processed foods, and onto regular unprocessed meats raised naturally on their proper diet. You can buy healthy sausages from some of the farms and farmers markets that are made of pasture grazed beef/pork. The cost is a bit more than grocery store meats, but the health gains and peace of mind are more than worth it! Once you get all your information together and locate sources for healthy meats, cheeses and, as much as possible, milk, you will be able to easily incorporate this lifestyle change.
Spread the Word: Eat healthy, be healthy. And be a savior to the animals and to our environmentIf you're like many people, you'll be angry to find out the huge difference to your health these changes would make, and the fact that even though this is all known information, no one is telling the country about it. So jump on the bandwagon: tell your family, friends, neighbors! Eat healthy, be healthy, and be a savior to the animals and to the environment. Spreading the word and creating a huge public demand is the only way to force the right changes that can have a healthy impact on the environment and health, as well as on the lives of animals. The other voices are loud, so be louder with a voice of reason.
Tips & Warnings
* When you have located some possible choices, ask questions about how/what the animals are fed, where/how they live, and how they are slaughtered/transported.
* Spread the word. We DON'T have to live unhealthy lives, ending in so much disease!
* Don't just assume "natural" means healthy or naturally raised. Most of the meat and poultry say natural, no antibiotics, or similar statements. But that has nothing to do with how it was raised, shipped, or slaughtered. It's only about the way it is processed (after slaughter). If the animals are not given antibiotics, then are they diseased, since they are still being raised in the cramped, dark, dirty compartments -- or are they just being given a non prescription antibiotic?
* Organic doesn't always mean that the animal was raised humanely with a natural diet, and slaughtered in a stress free and humane fashion. It can just mean that it was fed organic grains, which is still bad.
* Remember when you are researching: some groups want everyone to be vegan (using NO animal products at all) and others want to maintain the status quo of big factory farms. Always note who you are reading/listening to and take the "grain of salt" as needed.
All About Grass Fed Food
Good article that's NOT selling grass fed anything
See a picture of a factory farmed pig, if you dare