With Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, I begin reflecting on the year that has come and gone. There are always things I wish I had accomplished, but also those projects for which I’m proud to have completed. This valuable reflection allows me the opportunity to set goals (or resolutions) for the New Year. I hope while you all are planning your resolutions, you’ll consider making the commitment to only eat pasture-raised meats and poultry. I’ve put together my Top 5 Reasons below; however, there are even more reasons than any of us could possibly count.
1. It’s better for the animals.
Industrialized animal agriculture made meat production efficient, inexpensive, and consistent. It quickly became a successful program because it made its products cost-effective and uniform. This industrialization accomplished these goals by putting animals’ instinctive behavior as a second, third, or fourth priority, as opposed to making it the core value. The production of true pasture-raised animals is inarguably a better life for the animals. Cattle are born to roam and graze; chickens are hatched to scratch and peck; hogs are born to root and wallow. If you want to improve the lives of animals, you must start by consistently supporting the systems which embrace a pasture-based production.
2. It’s better for the land.
Through holistic management, animals have the ability to positively impact the soil in a powerful way. Pasture-raised production systems use animals like tools on a toolbelt to speed up the photosynthetic process, disrupt the soil, and fertilize the soil through urination and defecation. Through holistic management, the soil feeds the grasses, the grasses feed the livestock, and the livestock, in turn, feed the grasses. It’s all part of the birth-life-death-decay process that applies to humans, plants, animals, and most everything on our planet. By supporting pasture-raised production systems, you are endorsing systems that are focused on making global, generational improvements to the land we occupy, as opposed to quarterly quotas and goals.
3. It’s better for our community.
Rural America was devastated by the effects of industrial agriculture. Because of mechanization after WWII, efficiencies were introduced into agriculture that displaced jobs and dismantled these thriving little towns. Pasture-raised production systems are part of a change that puts this thoughtful labor back into agriculture. By doing this, quality jobs are created, traditional skills are restored, and citizens are provided with opportunities that didn’t exist at one time. Pasture-raised production systems reverse this mass exodus of hard working people and re-establish small, sustainable communities.
4. It’s better for the people.
Industrial meat production has been faulted for creating jobs that require constant repetitive actions, which lead to multiple health issues for the employees. In pasture-raised production systems, employees wear many different hats and perform various tasks each day. Employees who work in environments that offer diverse tasks are happier and healthier. Pasture-raised production systems regularly present employees with challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments that are physically and emotionally rewarding.
5. It’s better for you.
It’s inarguable that animals raised in industrial production systems are less healthy than those raised in a natural, pasture-raised production system. Why would we believe that meat from those unhealthy animals would then be a nutritious option for our families to consume? There is documented research in circulation that states pasture-raised proteins are now being used in preventive healthcare and in treatment plans for illnesses. It’s time to realize that nutritious food truly is medicine. Switching to pasture-raised meats doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve recently launched a new website, which makes shopping a breeze. So if you are looking for lean ground beef for hamburgers, a holiday turkey to enjoy with your guests, or some eggs, sausage, or bacon for breakfast, please check out our website. We’ve worked hard to grow our selection and improve our shipment times. Shopping online for pasture-raised, regenerative meats and poultry has never been easier.
Happy New Year,
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