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While most cows today are raised in confined spaces and are bred as part of an extensive animal-operation platform, we must note that these peaceful herbivores should be living in wide-open pastures while grazing on grass. This natural process allows livestock to eat better, which translates to humans eating healthier.
Most raised livestock become a victim of profit-driven companies that just want to breed the biggest cattle and poultry at the fastest time. But when they do get sick, they are often cured with hormones and antibiotics. Going back to a grass-fed method prevents these chemicals from transferring to our meat, which otherwise could directly lead to various fatal sicknesses like cancer. In fact, studies have shown that eating grass-fed meat actually fights off cancer.
Jo Robinson, author of the book Pasture Perfect, says that eating grass-fed meat from livestock will save the consumer 16,642 calories a year. This helps tremendously in our health and diet needs, and makes us appreciate the work done by cattle raisers who are implementing grass-fed methods.
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Also, studies show that grass-fed meat offers high vitamin A and E and antioxidants to prevent cancer. They likewise contain more omega-3 fatty acids and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef. Sound nutrition via grass-fed meat keeps our blood sugar under control and wards off diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. Grass-fed meat is clearly the safer, healthier option.
Back in 1999, the nonprofit organization Weston A. Price Foundation was co-founded by Geoffrey Morell. The foundation spent its efforts researching the best food source for farm animals. More on his work and farming advocacies here.