Saturday, February 19, 2011


                            "Were you grazed in a barn?"

                                     Organic and Naturally raised Livestock 
                                             Organic fruits and vegetables 

      The term "naturally raised" means that the meat comes from an animal that was raised organically from weaning without antibiotics, growth hormones, synthetic pesticides and herbicides and was raised on a natural grass and hay fed diet. No herbicides or any other unnatural toxic substances are ever applied onto organic crops and pastures. Organic cattle are not force fattened on high grain feed concentrates like the commercially raised variety. They are never given any steroids, antibiotics or hormone implants. Naturally raised cattle are treated humanely and allowed to roam freely. Several studies by independent organizations have shown differences in vitamin concentration in organic versus commercially grown and raised animals. Naturally raised, grass fed cattle have a naturally alkaline rumen, necessary in proper natural intestinal functions. The animals healthy intestinal and digestive functions minimizes the possibility of E-coli contamination. Naturally raised, grass fed beef is leaner, higher in beta-carotene, higher in vitamins A & E, higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is an anti-carcinogenic and the meat is also higher in omega 3 fatty acids.

      Because organic fruits and vegetables are produced naturally, they are best eaten in season. Buying organics when they are in season will greatly reduce your costs as well as buying in bulk from a local farm. Most farmers will be willing to sell in bulk in order to insure maximum profit from each harvest and reduce waste. In many cases organic produce and meats will cost more than commercial. Organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional farms and make less produce and raise less livestock therefore making them more expensive. Organic farms are more labor-intensive and receive fewer subsidies than conventional farms since there is less demand for organic foods.With time organic prices should continue to decrease as the demand for organic food increases and more organic food suppliers enter the market and that's good for you. Many factors may influence your decision, including taste, price, and availability. When choosing between organic and conventional produce consider your options, consider the methods and care taken to grow or raise each type of food. Try them, make your own comparison and then make an informed decision. - K.C.C.

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