March 7, the “Union of Concerned Scientists released the first comprehensive study that confirms that beef and milk from animals raised entirely on pasture have higher levels than conventionally raised beef and dairy cattle of beneficial fats that may prevent heart disease and strengthen the immune system.”
Weston Price was warning the department of US Agriculture about factory farming long ago. In the 1940s he wrote prolifically about the value of eating fat from grass fed animals. His works disappeared from public view quickly because the greed of certain agribusiness conglomerates called for other recommendations be made to the American public. Non foods such as vegetable shortening and margarine began to be included in their diets in the guise of prudent nutrition, to avoid heart disease: the fastest growing disease at the time. Did it work? No, heart disease is still one of the biggest killers in the Western World.
“When you eat grass-fed meat, you’re getting beef with benefits,” said the Union of Concerned Scientists report author Dr. Kate Clancy, a nutritionist and senior scientist in the Food and Environment Program at UCS. “There are no losers in producing cattle entirely on pasture. Farmers win, consumers win, the environment wins, and even the cattle win.”
It’s not easy to find grass fed animals. Lamb is probably the most likely in Australia to be grass fed. Make sure they are organic though, or they will have been dipped in insecticide and fed on fertilised pasture (You don’t want to be eating these poisons). Pigs raised in Australia, by law, must be fed grains. If, however, those grains are sprouted, this would make a difference. If you know of any butcher who supplies grass fed meat, let us know, leave a comment.
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Joanne Hay, Editor of Nourished Magazine, Chief Nourisher and Mother of three is very grateful to live in Byron Bay and be able to share all she has learned about Nourishment. She has trained as an Acupuncturist (unfinished), Kinesiologist (finished) and parent (never finished). She serves the Weston A Price Foundation as a chapter leader. She loves sauerkraut, kangaroo tail stew, home made ice cream, her husband Wes and her kids Isaiah, Brynn and Ronin (in no particular orderâ€¦well maybe ice cream first).