Today I want to discuss pasture-raised animals vs. feed lot animals. I think this is such an important topic because quality always matters! Fortunately more and more people are choosing pasture-raised organic meats now, but for those of you who haven't heard heres why!
And no, this goat was definitely not camera shy (I mean the one peeing 🙄)!
It seems that I'm hearing of more feed lot operations going on in the U.S. It's the sad truth. Feed lots are a concentrations of animals (cows, chickens, pigs, etc.) being raised in very confined quarters (which are also called CAFO's). They are injected with antibiotics, growth hormones, and are fed lots of corn and soy (which is genetically modified. I will discuss GMO's in a later post). These animals have no room to move or to be...ANIMALS. Most don't ever see sunlight. Not only is this cruel but it poses many health risk by consuming this meat!
Many people that hear of animals being treated this way will decide to simply not eat meat anymore. The problem with that (besides missing out on vital protein and nutrients) is your no longer voting. I am a firm believer in "buycotting" by voting with your dollar! Not only is it about the animals but it even trickles down to how their workers are being treated. Which is a whole other topic! By making the switch to pasture-raised, organic, grass-fed meats you are showing these companies that people are against what they are doing and want better quality. It could either put them out of business or it could make them choose to change their ways. Its all about money and if the consumers are demanding it, chances are they will supply.
Health risks of feed lot meats
There are so many health risks associated with consuming feed lot animal products. Because these animals are being injected with antibiotics and hormones, so are you! Antibiotics kill your good gut bacteria (I will discuss more about the micro-biome in a later post). When you have a die off of good bacteria you can experience a poor immune system, digestive problems, fatigue, obesity, and much more. Also antibiotics can lead to drug resistant "superbugs"! Superbugs are mutated bacteria made to withstand these antibiotics making the antibiotics useless.
These animals are also fed corn and soy, which for grazing animals isn't their natural diet and can actually increase the risk of ecoli and other harmful bugs because their digestive system has trouble breaking it down. Also corn and soy used in feed lots is genetically modified. GMO's host a big problem for many different reasons including infertility, weakened immune systems, GI disorders, and more! Not to mention it is destroying our soil. I could go on about all the dangers of feed lot animal products but this is enough for me to stop!
Pasture-Raised = Happy Animals
These animals are living the life! Just like how they were intended too! They are free to roam and forage. They are in sunlight and eating seasonal plants. This type of meat is much higher in omega-3 essential fatty acid as well! They are not injected with hormones or antibiotics. They are consuming nutrient rich plants that in turn we intake by consuming there meat!
Pasture-raised animals also do wonderful things for our soil. They make some of the best fertilizer! They are not consuming GMO's and live a great life up until it is time to process them. Pasture-raised meat is also very rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)! CLA is a naturally occuring fatty acid found in meat and dairy. It is amazing for the immune system, muscle growth, fat burning, and more!
The point is, this meat is so much higher in all the vital nutrients it contains and the animals lived a great life! So choose pasture-raised for optimal health and know where your animal products are coming from!