The more I learn about the importance of quality food; the more I am convinced that we should all be buying our meats and produce from our local farmers.

Did you know that factory-farmed meats actually trigger disease and inflammation within our body?   Most of the meats sold in grocery stores come from factory farms (places where large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in crowded conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost).  These feedlots pollute nearby air and water, increase the risk of pathogens like E. coli and salmonella; fuel the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (called superbugs) through antibiotic overuse and cause cancer through the use of chemical toxins and added hormones.

Not to mention the energy that is passed from the animal to humans.  Animals living in the inhumane conditions of factory farms cause great stress on the animals.  When stress is short-term, temporary changes in chemistry within the meat make the meat tough and cause it to lose flavor.  But if stress persists for an extended period of time, the changes are even worse. The persistent high acidity in the meat will deplete the meat of nutrition.

One solution to this huge health and environmental problem is buying local and pasture-raised grass-fed beef.  Grass-fed meat is nutritionally superior to factory-farmed meats.  Grass-fed meat contains higher levels of omega-3s and lower levels of omega-6s which means that the meat is much less inflammatory to our bodies than factory-farmed meats.  High levels of omega-3 are also good for heart and brain health.  Grass-fed meats also contain higher levels of critical nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin E, antioxidants and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.

Pasture-raised grass-fed meat is significantly healthier than factory-farmed meat so, if you are consuming meats in your diet, consider buying from your local farmer.

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