As of today shop for grass fed, pastured and grass fed finished livestock.
If you are to buy Grass Fed livestock, make sure it is 'not fattened with grain's, but 'Finished strictly on Grass'. A good test to put the meat through would be to see 'how much CLA there is in the meat'.
Grass fed livestock is rapidly becoming what consumers are looking for. But believe me this is but the beginning.
Pure pasture-raised beef still represents less than 1% of the nation's supply, but sales reached some $120 million last year and are expected to increase more than 20% a year over the next decade.
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The average Joe is realizing that the problem is because we feed grains to the livestock. That's right, the same grains which are causing our species obesity epidemics, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and many of the cancers in North America. But folks, things are rapidly changing for the better through our hard efforts.
It is just the beginning of a huge, and I mean huge change in the way we grow our food. This is still a much lower percentage than many other parts of the world. We have some serious catching up to do.
In turn this will have the effect of boosting the health of these animals. Less antibiotics, less hormone treatments, less problems with bloating, foaming, acidosis, diarrhea, ulcers, pneumonitis, liver diseases, cosccidiosis, enerotoxemia, feedlot polio, etc... means happy animals, happy farmers, happy animal advocates, happy customers, and happy governments too. Here's why..
Presently 70% of all antibiotics used in North America goes to livestock treatment, because of poor feed, insufficient pasture grazing, and the fattening of of these animals, principally with grain products for three to six months, before they go to market. Remember these animals live only one or two years. Then we slaughter them, and put them on the market for consumption.
We are the junk food leaders of the the world as you know. This is just one more example of our failure at controlling excellence in nutrition.
Humans will also benefit from strickly grass fed animals. There is good reason to believe that a corresponding 20% drop in health care costs will be associated with this reduction in grain usage ( my prediction). I'll tell you how I come to that in a minute.
Should there be ruminant strict grass feeding standards? Absolutely. These ruminants were never made to eat grains. For that matter neither were humans. We do pay the costs of our mistakes. They cause upwards of 70% of our health care costs. $$$$$.
Another test we could use widely for CLA levels in the general public is to test for the amount of Rumenic Acid post-natal women have in their breast milk (a conjugated linoleic acid). A European team of scientists led by Lukas Rist found this out in the late 1970's. They found that mothers eating organic grass fed ruminants had a 50% higher level of rumenic acid in their breast milk. This in turn strengthens the baby's immune system.
Michael Pariza is actually the scientist who discovered Conjugated Linoleic Acid in 1987.
Today we know that CLA is a family of 28 isomers of linoleic acid. These 28 isomers as a family have great health producing properties.
Grass fed animals can produce up to 500% more CLA then ruminants fed 50% hay and 50% grains.
Human beings are not able to convert enough linoleic acid into conjugated linoleic acid. If we do not have enough CLA in our bodies, all our dietary fat will be stored as the physical fat that you see on your problem areas, rather than converted into muscle.
Without this natural red meat CLA, our body's metabolism can't operate efficiently.
CLA in primarily found in grass fed animals, It will mean back to the future for us. What I mean is that things will be the way they should for those animals, and our future will be a bit brighter.
The primary benefits include CLA as weight-loss promoter, antioxidant, cancer fighter, and immune system enhancer.
Stay away from the supplements and join Grass Fed foodshare programs, promoting strickly grass fed livestock.
CLA in its natural form is primarily found in the red meats of ruminants such as mutton and cattle. When eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or as a snack, it helps glucose get into our muscle cells more effectively, thus preventing glucose from being converted into fat. It also helps fats enter the cell membranes of muscle and connective tissue, where the fat is burned for fuel. This is the process we want our bodies to resume. This is the way our body operates optimally.
The key point here is that grain feeding these animals is robbing the livestock and us of the natural benefits of ruminants being grass fed.
We must support those farmers who can prove to us that their livestock is strickly grass fed, for they are at the cusp of a revolution in healthy eating.
Be careful though, many farmers will try and jump on the bandwagon. Why, because they can increase their prices and make a better profit. Those farmers who are true grass fed type farmers have healthier livestock, and a healthier bottom line. With our support, we can make thiese meats the principle meats in our grocery stores.
We have to develop our farmshare programs with these forward looking farmers.
The demand for strictly grass fed livestock will become significant in the next few years.