Let’s chat about meat! I grew up on a farm and when I was little we raised cattle and pigs. My dad farmed for a living and it’s all I knew. He often talked about taking care of the land and soil and used no-till practices and crop rotating to assist with this. I have always cared about animals and as I’ve gotten older I’ve taken a strong interest into nutrition and how what we are eating impacts our health.
I’ve watched several documentaries and read several articles about how meat consumption is not only bad for the environment, but also bad for our health. I don’t think it’s as simple as a blanket statement such as that. I think a lot comes down to the how of it and I don’t think there is a one way approach to diet. How are the animals raised and treated and the same goes for the land? I received several messages asking me what I thought about the documentary “What the Health” and I think Robb Wolf did an incredible job breaking it down so I will share his response here.
We have tried to eat organic/non-gmo produce for years and always try to find grass fed beef when able. If we can support local and know our farmers that’s even better! When Land of Milk and Honey Farms came into our lives it was an amazing answer to unknown prayers. Plus, they are just the cutest and sweetest family!
The sirloin steak you see in the picture was from our friends at Land of Milk and Honey Farms. They introduced us to regenerative farming and it is such an incredible concept. It takes grass fed to a whole new level. Seeing it in action was so fascinating. If you have never heard of regenerative farming it is on the basis of “do no harm” to the land but not only that it actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. “Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies. It is a dynamic and holistic, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, to increase food production, farmers’ income and especially, topsoil.” https://regenerationinternational.org/why-regenerative-agriculture/
We have had beef, eggs, and chicken from their farm and it’s been amazing! There’s just something about eating meat and eggs from a place you know exactly how they are taken care of.
I will post what they have on their website about the grass fed beef, but take a look around to learn more about them and if you are local check them out! If you aren’t local search for place near you that practices regenerative farming. It’s an incredible concept. https://www.landofmilkandhoneyfarms.com/
“We raise our beef on an intensely managed rotation of varied pastures. They enjoy a fresh selection of grasses and clovers daily moving away from yesterday’s waste.
This rotation mimics what is seen in nature. The buffalo moved daily from location to location, driven by predators and changing of seasons. This allowed the grasses to have plenty of time to recover and come back stronger and more diverse for the next season.
Not only does this benefit the land, as animals mow and fertilize each section, but it also greatly benefits the animals. A cow is healthiest when it can consume a variety of grasses and legumes allowing for a complete diet. Because they are tightly rotated, they must eat all of their dinner, including their vegetables!
The other benefit to them moving daily is the avoidance of pathogens. They leave their freshly fertilized field behind for 31 days. This disrupts pathogen cycles.
The cows also have free and total access to clean, fresh water and a selection of minerals to complete their diet. This results in healthy cows that are appropriately filled out and marbled as beef is supposed to be. Our cows eat grass their entire lives and are never finished with corn, soy, or other fillers. 100% grass fed and grass finished beef is the only kind we raise and sell.
Our beef is sold as whole beef, ½ beef, ¼ beef, and 1/8 beef sizes as well as single retail cuts such as roast or steak for those interested in trying a smaller amount. Please see the Beef Packages page for details.”