Nora Gedgaudas

To be naturally and healthfully fed

To be naturally and healthfully fed

Obviously, it’s pretty hard to come by woolly mammoth steaks at your local butcher and its tough to forage in the woods for leafy plant foods, berries and grubs. Who has time to hunt and gather anymore? Obviously, it’s impossible for anyone to eat a truly quote Paleolithic diet in today’s world, since thousands of species our ancestors routinely subsisted upon have since gone by the way of the saber-tooth tiger into oblivion.

Obviously, it’s pretty hard to come by woolly mammoth steaks at your local butcher and its tough to forage in the woods for leafy plant foods, berries and grubs. Who […]

However, what we can do is come as close as possible to mimicking many of the dietary principles that they would have instinctively followed as a way of effectively replicating some of what they did.   It’s the best starting blueprint we have that is in alignment with our human genetic code.   Using science, we can further tweak these principles into an approach that exceeds the effectiveness toward longevity and the avoidance of disease, infection and premature death that might have even been possible for our ancestors. We have that edge, and we need to use it.

We have nowhere near as much wiggle room for error and dietary experimentation as they did. In many ways, our modern-day environment is infinitely more insidiously hostile.   To me personally, a saber-tooth tiger or the frigid climate of an Ice Age is nowhere near as treacherous as navigating incomprehensible air and water pollution, global radiation contamination, the depletion of our soils, the destruction of our oceans, fisheries and marine ecosystems through more radiation contamination and also through catastrophic oil spills (and the massively toxic chemical compounds unleashed to supposedly contain them), the deterioration and gradual disappearance of our potable fresh water supply (being taken over by corporate interests), EMF pollution, superbugs and looming pandemics, chemical additives and preservatives, GMO’s, and a global political environment promising the domination of the world’s food supply by multinational corporate entities hell-bent on destroying it.   Seriously…that cave is starting to look pretty good!

With each subsequent generation exposed to a deteriorating environment and food supply, thus also deteriorates our human genome.

 

We are far more fragile a species and susceptible to all of this compromise than even our parents, our grandparents or great, great grandparents. We are feeble whisper of the sturdy, strong, resilient, capable and cunningly adaptable prehistoric ancestors that preceded us. We no longer live in harmony with our environment but we instead live with the illusion of being somehow separate from it. It is one of our key ills.

When it comes to adopting a Paleo Way of life in our modern world, grass fed livestock is the closest we can come to replicating the kind of meat that our ancestors would have eaten (short of going out and hunting for it).   Eating wild-caught seafood from uncontaminated seas, inland lakes and streams is as close as we can come to the kind of seafood our ancestors might have eaten (short of going out and fishing for it).   We can choose to eat an enormous variety of local fibrous, detoxifying and antioxidant-rich plant foods that would ultimately be less toxic in many ways then the kinds of plant foods our ancestors would’ve foraged for.   Many of our plant foods are even more delicious in the rich varieties of cultivated vegetables and greens we have selected for as a means of appealing to our palate.  We can obtain organic, garden-fresh fare in a number of ways today, including growing it ourselves.

Pastured beef, poultry and eggs are truly healthy, nutrient dense foods.

GRASS-FED MEAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Grass-fed and finished meat is not only the most similar to the kind of meat our ancestors would have eaten, is also by far the most healthfully nutrient dense.

  • Omega 3s in beef that feed on grass is 7% of the total fat content, compared to 1% or even less in grain-fed beef.
  • Grass-fed beef has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats (3:1.)
  • Grass-fed beef is loaded with other natural minerals and vitamins, plus it’s a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.
  • Grass fed beef has 7 times the beta carotene content of feedlot meat
  • It’s higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in vitamins’ A, D and K2
  • And it’s also higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium

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A literature review was published by the College of Agriculture, California State University, California in 2010. Following their study of the literature the authors reported that grass-based diets produced beef with enhanced total CLA and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to grain-fed beef. The literature also shows grass-fed beef has higher levels of Vitamins A and E as well as cancer fighting antioxidants when compared to grain-fed beef.   ANTIOXIDANTS!

Glutathione is easily the body’s single most important antioxidant enzyme. Among many other things, it protects cells from oxidized proteins and helps prevent damage to DNA. Grass fed and finished beef (as compared to grain finished beef) is extremely high in glutathione content due to the tremendous density of glutathione compounds found in fresh green grass.

Grass-only diets also greatly improve the concentration of SOD/CAT in beef, providing additional antioxidant support and also protection of muscle lipids from peroxidation.

The authors of this study write:

“Research spanning three decades suggests that grass-based diets can significantly improve the fatty acid (FA) composition and antioxidant content of beef…..Grass-based diets have been shown to enhance total conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) (C18:2) isomers, Trans vaccenic acid (TVA) (C18:1 t11), a precursor to CLA, and omega-3 (n-3) FAs on a g/g fat basis.

Several studies suggest that grass-based diets elevate precursors for Vitamin A and E, as well as cancer fighting antioxidants such as glutathione (GT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity as compared to grain-fed contemporaries.” [1]

AWESOME!

ALSO–Studies show that grass-fed meat is less likely to oxidize than ordinary feedlot meat. Why? The answer is that there are more antioxidants in grass than grain, and these protective substances keep the polyunsaturated fat from oxidizing. When you eat meat from a grass-fed cow, you are consuming more polyunsaturated fat, more antioxidants, and the meat is less likely to spoil.

Grass-fed meats actually improve your healthy fat levels

 

Eating moderate amounts of grass-fed meat for only 4 weeks will give you healthier levels of essential fats, according to a 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition.

The British research showed that healthy volunteers who ate grass-fed meat increased their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreased their level of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. These changes are linked with a lower risk of a host of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and inflammatory disease.

Interestingly, volunteers who consumed conventional, grain-fed meat ended up with lower levels of omega-3s and higher levels of omega-6s than they had at the beginning of the study, suggesting that eating conventional meat had been detrimental to their health.

The authors of the study concluded:

“Overall, the results of the present study suggest that consumption of red meat from grass-fed animals may provide valuable amounts of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) to the consumer and increased production of red meat from grass-fed animals may thereby help to increase long chain omega-3 PUFA intakes of consumers.” [2]

 Another study from June 2008 in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry examined the relative merits of fully pastured vs. conventionally raised beef.

The researchers here concluded that grass-fed meat is “clearly superior” and “remarkably beneficial.”  They stated that grass-fed meat “should be promoted as an important part of a healthy balanced diet.”[3]

Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are omega-3s. When cattle are taken off omega-3 rich grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on omega-3 poor grain, they begin losing their store of this incredibly important and critical fat. Each day that an animal spends in the feedlot, its supply of omega-3s is diminished.

Clearly you can see where grain feeding rapidly depletes beta-carotene levels.

Also, The fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin K2/activator X), which occur in the fat of grass-fed animals, support endocrine function and protect against inflammation. Vitamin K2 (almost exclusively found in pastured meats) is a known cancer preventative and is essential for bone and joint, as well as cardiovascular health. The fat from cattle raised on green grass has much higher concentrations of vitamin K2.

Vitamin A is needed for the conversion of cholesterol into steroid hormones and, in fact, is rapidly depleted by stress. Vitamin D helps prevent high blood pressure and protects against spasms that can lead to a heart attack. As vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption, it contributes to a healthy nervous system and helps prevent arrythmias. Another serious consequence of grain feeding is that cows on grain absorb lower amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, even when these vitamins are added to feed.[4]

Researchers in Argentina compared key antioxidants in meat from pasture-fed and grain-fed cattle. The grass-fed meat was higher in vitamin C, and vitamin E, as you can see by the above chart. It was also 10 times higher in beta-carotene.

As a result of this antioxidant bonus, meat from pasture-fed animals is slower to “oxidize” or spoil. It also provides more antioxidants for consumers.[5]

A hamburger from grass-fed cattle has nearly 3 times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than a hamburger from cattle raised in a feedlot. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a healthy fat exclusive to pasture fed meats and dairy products that has been shown to fight obesity, cancer, and diabetes.  In fact, CLA may be one of the most potent cancer-fighting substances in our diet. In animal studies, as little as one half of one percent CLA in the diet has reduced tumor burden by more than 50 percent.

When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their products contain from three to five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets. This CLA content, research shows, disappears within about seven days after switching to a grain fed diet. There is new evidence that CLA may reduce cancer risk in humans. In a Finnish study, women who had the highest levels of CLA in their diet, had a 60 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest levels. Switching from grain-fed to grassfed meat and dairy products places women in this lowest risk category.

Feeding cattle their natural diet of grass instead of grain also greatly reduces the risk of disease transmission—particularly that dreaded acid resistant e. coli.

Why?

Science 281, 1666-8 (1998).

First, it helps keeps the overall bacteria count low. Second, it prevents the bacteria from becoming acid resistant. Acid-resistant bacteria are far more likely to survive the acidity of our normal digestive juices and cause disease. The first graph here illustrates the absolute numbers of E. coli bacteria found in grassfed versus grainfed animals. The second graph shows how many of the bacteria are likely to withstand our gastric juices. (Note: Grassfed animals have so few acid-resistant bacteria that the number fails to register on the scale of the graph.)

One of the lead researchers on the project, USDA microbiologist James Russell, told a reporter for Science Magazine, “We were absolutely shocked by the difference. WE never found an animal that didn’t agree with the trend.”

You should still take the normal precautions when handling and cooking grassfed meat, however. As few as ten E. coli bacteria can cause disease in people with weakened immune systems.

The underlying problem is that grain makes the digestive tract of a ruminant abnormally acid.  This acidic environment causes the E.coli to multiply and to become more acid-resistant.  According to a recent study published in the journal Science, these altered bacteria are much more likely to survive the cleansing acidity of your digestive juices and make you ill.[6]

Another article from the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition explored the relative health effects of exclusively pastured VS grain-fed meats. In the concluding remarks the authors stated:

“From a nutritional point of view, the shift from pasture fed to grain feeding should be discouraged.” [7] 

Indeed.

We just need to understand this one little point:

 

The health of the meat we eat is directly related to the health of the animal our meat comes from. PERIOD!

A FEW MORE PLUSES OF EXCLUSIVELY GRASS-FED MEAT:

  • Beta-carotene content is 7X that of feedlot beef
  • The EFA ratio is 4:1 omega-6 to omega-3’s (IDEAL)
  • Grass-fed meat contains CLA
  • Grass-fed meat contains numerous antioxidants and antioxidant precursors
  • It is a sustainable farming practice that also supports local farming
  • Holistically managed pasture-fed meat restores the health of the soil
  • If managed properly it can be highly resistant to drought and desertification (and help the land itself be highly resistant to the same)

WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT GRAIN-FED MEAT?

Conventionally raised feedlot cattle are routinely fed recycled human food like stale candy, potato chips, brewery wastes, and burger buns…plus random garbage you don’t even want to know about, including “by-product feedstuff” such as chicken manure, chicken feathers, newsprint, stale pastry, cardboard, and “aerobically digested” municipal garbage.

Some commercial feedlots feed stale candy to cattle in an effort to reduce costs. According to a recent review, milk chocolate and candy “are often economical sources of nutrients, particularly fat. They may be high in sugar and/or fat content. They are sometimes fed in their wrappers. Candies, such as stale gummy bears, lemon drops, or gum drops are high in sugar content.” The article recommends that “upper feeding limits for candy or candy blends and chocolate are 5 and 2 lb. per cow per day, respectively.”

According to this article in The Wall Street Journal, this sugary, fatty fare includes banana chips, yogurt-covered raisin, cookies, licorice, cheese curls, frosted wheat cereal, Tater Tots, Kit Kat bars, uncooked French fries, pretzels and chocolate bars. One feedlot operator from Idaho confessed that he feeds his cattle a 100 percent “by-product” meal.[8]

Apart from all the “by-product feedstuff” in conventional feed some of the most common commodity feed ingredients include soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beets, and alfalfa. Seeing that the countries that produce the most animal feed –the  United States, Brazil, and China – are all leaders in GMO production, it is very clear that their animal feed products are consequently composed of significant amounts of GMOs. Make no mistake about it, these frankenfoods are compromising your health.

The commercial animal feed industry is by far the largest purchaser of U.S. corn and soybean meal; the majority of these U.S. crops are genetically modified: corn 88% and soybeans 94%. Of the two largest GMO crops in the United States, 98% Soy and 79.5% of Corn goes directly into feeding animals and fueling cars in the U.S. [9]

According to the National Corn Growers Association, now about eighty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is consumed by domestic and overseas livestock, poultry, fish and fuel production.[10]  88% of the U.S. corn crop is genetically modified.[11]

Canola meal (90% of which is genetically modified) is one of the most widely used protein sources in animal feed for livestock, poultry, and fish.[12] Approximately 43% of a canola seed is oil. What remains is a canola meal that is used as an ingredient in animal feed. [13] Canada, the largest single country producer of Canola, exports 85% of their canola.[14] According to the ISAAA, 97.5 percent of the canola grown in Canada last year was GM. The biggest buyer of canola oil and meal for animal feed is the United States. 90% of the U.S. canola crop is genetically modified.

After sugar and molasses have been recovered from the sugar beet, the remaining pulp is utilized for animal feed. 95% of U.S. sugar beet crop is genetically modified. The American commodity feed industry heavily impacts the global market. The U.S. accounts for 22% of global output according to the International Feed Industry Federation.[15] Other major GMO producing countries in South America and Asia also are accountable for large contributions to commercial animal feed production.[16] It is a monolithic multinational machine that has its tendrils in every aspect of our lives. It’s time we made this obsolete.

Consumers are changing—and fast!   “75 percent of Americans want the government to restrict the use of antibiotics at animal farms, and 71 percent believe that antibiotic overuse and misuse is causing antibiotic resistance and a human health crisis.” [17] According to Carolyn Dimitri, an associate professor of food studies at New York University—even though factory-farmed meat is still the big seller, some shoppers are willing to pay two or three times as much as supermarket prices to guarantee that the animals they eat were raised on organic or foraged food or both, had ample living space and sufficient time outdoors, and were not fed antibiotics or growth hormones. THIS IS A GROWING CONSUMR TREND, PEOPLE…and rightfully so!

Even though consumers are less aware of the GMO issue when it comes to animal feed at this time, it’s clear from the statistics that the vast majority of consumers prefer to avoid any known source of GMO’s (which is why Industry is so resistant to labeling laws).   In time the consumer will become increasingly aware of GMO in animal feed and will seek to avoid all conventionally produced meats.

There is a feedlot in Grand View, Idaho that is located just 60 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho. The feedlot spans 750 acres. Grand View boasts the largest holding capability in the United States, with a one-time capacity of 150,000 head.

Is this really the future of food production that we want? Although factory farmed food is cheap and convenient, there is growing recognition that factory farming creates a host of problems, including:

  • Animal welfare compromise
  • Air, land and water pollution
  • Destruction of soil health and watersheds
  • Unnecessary use of hormones, antibiotics and other drugs
  • Loss of small family farms
  • Low-paid and stressful farm work
  • Food with inferior /compromised nutritional value

ALSO: In the cattle industry, just 2 percent of feed operations account for over 40 percent of all cattle sold. Many confinement operations are owned by multinational corporations.

Is this the trend we all want to support?

This meat DESERVES a bad rap! You must ask and you must DEMAND for something different!

When it comes to adopting a diet of extremely high quality pastured animals source foods, I know you’re all asking this question silently in your own head…. I can almost hear what you’re thinking:

So…Is this way of eating sustainable?

How can we possibly feed the planet this way?

Bear with me here…the answer may surprise you

 

By committing to these principles you are doing more… much more than benefitting your own physical health. You may also just be saving the planet (and your pocketbook)!  

LONG before humans ever showed up on the planet, Mother Earth managed and renewed Herself through a variety of natural systems. One of these natural systems involved the maintenance and rejuvenation of tens of millions of acres of grass land all over the planet through the natural cycles of large, grazing animals.   Massive herds moved across the landscape, munching on grasses and sedges as they went and aerating the soil with their hoods, while also fertilizing soil through their excrement.   Wild predators stalking these grazing animals would move into an area and then cause the grazing animals to move away from that area, giving the grasslands an opportunity to recover.   In the process, the root systems beneath the munched grass thickened and the grass itself eventually grew back thicker and healthier.   And healthier root systems also allowed for the retention of moisture in the soil and kept local watersheds healthy by preventing excessive evaporation into the atmosphere and by keeping water in the ground where it could nourish diverse ecosystem of plants.   It was a win-win-win design, all the way around. What you end up with this way is a natural biological decomposition taking place that provides rich and healthy soil for plants in semi-arid regions to flourish. It is simple—yet profound in its impact.

Then we agricultural humans came along and began doing things differently. By confining the animals we domesticated for food in small areas and isolating them from and/or by killing off their natural predators—not to mention feeding them foods completely unnatural to them (like grains…produced through the process of agriculture that’s REALLY killing us and the planet) we have set up a catastrophic chain of events affecting both our health AND the health of the land and water. Eating meat gets a bad rap for this…But there is an answer…and believe it or not the way of eating I describe can be an important part of the solution!

 

 

 

Properly managed livestock can improve land, soil and climate health (not just human health): When domestic livestock are properly managed to mimic the behavior of wild herbivores interacting with grasslands (and NOT feedlots), they can actually reverse desertification, restore the grasslands, ecosystem diversity, soils and healthy watersheds!

A man by the name of Allan Savory (please make a point of watching his 2013 TED talk) was the first vocal proponent of restoring healthy natural systems to the planet while also restoring the environment through the use of grazing animals.   Prior to this it was believed by biologists (including Savory) that the presence of too many animals trampling affected areas are responsible for creating desertification as opposed to not enough of them.   Consensual agreement among scientists early on was that grazing animals were essentially bad for the land.   As such—and to what Allan now calls his “eternal shame”—he had recommended the killing tens of thousands of elephants as a way of attempting to save dwindling savannas in Africa.   Today, he is looking for another way—a better way–and he seems to have found it.

In 1992, Allan Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, also founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands.

Desertification of the world’s grasslands according to Allan Savory is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide — and a significant contribution to climate change. This makes surprising sense. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Allan made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls “Holistic Management“. There seems to be a very real solution!

You see, it turns out that herbivores—large ruminants–and the earth’s grasslands co-evolved. If you remove herbivores from the grasslands, the grasslands die.

Today, what is being referred to as desertification is occurring over an estimated two thirds of planet Earth’s land mass, leading to widespread drought, famine and regional political instability within continents like Africa, but also in the Middle East where hospitable habitats, water and food are rapidly dwindling and humans are forced to compete aggressively for limited resources.   It is a recipe for civil unrest, war, social, societal and planetary deterioration.

Without the presence of herds, grasses pile up and begin to oxidize and die, smothering new growth. This leads to rotting, withered root systems and ultimately leaves behind washed out dirt and erosion. The mass burning of grasslands is used to try and mimic natural bush fires in a feeble effort to revitalize certain regions–but this pumps almost every bit as much pollution into the atmosphere as cars and factories, and it’s really is not that effective for restoring already devastated environments. According to Allan: “Burning one hectare of grassland gives off more, and more damaging, pollutants than 6,000 cars. And we are burning in Africa, every single year, more than one billion hectares.” He actually believes that desertification may be a far worse force of climate and social change than fossil fuels.

Reversing this destructive trend by employing the use of Holistic Management is already being successfully implemented on numerous continents throughout the world, with frequently breathtaking results.   There have been a variety of landscapes restored through Holistic Management in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Jordan…as well as Australia, the US and elsewhere. Vast tracts of land that had been reduced to virtual desert have been revitalized through this process.   The photographic evidence of its impact is there in abundance for anyone to see that has a computer and knows how to Google-Image “Holistic Management”.   Prepare to have your breath taken away by what you see.   One particular example of this transformation occurred on Las Pilas Ranch, in Coahuila, Mexico.   In 1963 a photograph was taken of what essentially looked like a mud hole surrounded by what could only be described as a virtual lunar landscape. In 1978 the land’s owner, Guillermo Osuna began implementing Holistic Management. Over a twenty-five year period from 1978 to 2003, the barren landscape was completely revived. The images anyone can view online show the transformation. During the restoration period, the livestock population was doubled and grazing was done according to a plan that Osuna said paid close attention to grass health. Guillermo Osuna said that when he began to manage the land, it was common to have dirt dams to capture the runoff, as there was no grass cover. A one-inch rain could fill the trough (i.e., aforementioned mud hole). After the land was restored, they could have a six-inch rain, and still no standing water–it’s all being absorbed by the thick growth of healthy plant life now. There is no longer any need for the dirt dams and artificial troughs. Those have grown over with vegetation and the springs are running year-round. Livestock is now watered with gravity fed pools from streams that run throughout the dry season.  Mr. Osuna says there is twice as much surface water now as there once was, and he has also doubled the herd density.

In 2003, the Allan Savory was awarded the prestigious Banksia International award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale.”   In part of his acceptance speech he said:

“I did not know that in attempting to address these questions, the path I took would lead to discovering a totally unsuspected root cause, which was tied to the way people make decisions rather than the many things we scientists have been blaming for years — overgrazing, overstocking, communal tenure of land, overpopulation, etc. Nor did I realise how this cause could be addressed by Holistic Management, which involves a profoundly simple framework for decision-making that empowers people, corporations and governments to begin reversing thousands of years of environmental degradation.” [18]

In my mind he deserves the Nobel Prize.

Allan passionately believes that ecosystems can potentially be restored back to a pre-industrial state (circa 1760) if we act diligently and we act now.

You would think governments would be tripping over themselves to do this. Unfortunately, despite what has been tremendous international attention to the cause of Holistic Management and its promise of environmental restoration in a manner that can also serve to feed vast human populations across the globe with extremely high quality, nutrient dense food, monoculture agriculture seems to be persistent in it’s avowed mission to lead us in the opposite way.

Instead of embracing this sane and clearly profoundly logical model that can help us all turn things around, the opposite seems to be happening. Grasslands are being converted by the forces driving monoculture agriculture to poorly sustainable, health-threatening and environmentally expensive genetically modified crops.

Soil is actually depleting 13% faster than it can be replaced, and we’ve lost 75% of the world’s crop varieties in just the last 100 years. Over a billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water, while 80% of the world’s fresh water supply is used for agriculture.

Goodbye grasslands…and the Amazon…hello GMO corn…AND GMO soybeans! This all gets blamed on livestock, too…since the livestock industry uses these crops to feed animals in feedlots.

 

Simple answer? Do not purchase—ever—feedlot meat. It’s bad for your health AND bad for the planet. Always ask for and insist upon 100% grass-fed AND finished meats. Period!

It is widely perceived that agriculture is some sort of knight in shining armor that is going to sweep across the world and end hunger, but this is far from being the case.   Agriculture is probably the single most destructive force that humanity ever unleashed upon the planet, and it has only served to deteriorate and erode our soils and destroy biodiversity wherever it has been implemented.   Agriculture is the number one customer on earth for the petroleum industry, which uses polluting fossil fuels in its fertilizers, toxic chemicals and in the production and distribution of its products worldwide.

Fully 2/3rds of the planet is to a greater or lesser degree unusable for agriculture, yet much of it can (at least potentially) readily support grazing livestock in a manner that supports and helps RESTORE the health of the planet’s climate and its watersheds while reversing widespread (and growing) desertification—and also feeding vast human populations!

If managed properly, and if we ALL demand EXCLUSIVELY GRASS-FED AND FINISHED MEATS animal foods can be part of our future and an important part of the actual healing of our planet (including our human health).

If 100% pastured animal foods are eaten as part of a well formulated, Paleo oriented ketogenic diet in the manner I have previously described, then not only is this healthy for the planet and for you…but it is truly economical, as well!

Make no mistake about it–This IS the diet for our “new economy”

This approach to eating amounts to the least expensive way to eat an optimally healthy diet in existence. Consider this; the most expensive foods are typically the most protein-rich. By limiting excess protein consumption and eliminating starches, sugars and processed foods, the monetary savings can be tremendous…And you never EVER need to be hungry!

HOW can The Paleo Way accomplish all these things?????

Answer: By eliminating the NEED for sugar and starch, as well as processed foods. It amounts to making the force of monoculture agriculture and all it represents irrelevant. By moderating our protein intake and selecting for only fully pastured sources of animal foods, and by eating as many fibrous vegetables and greens as you want (while avoiding grains and legumes) you are voting with your hard earned money to end destructive agricultural and livestock practices and their effects upon our health and health of this planet. What an investment!

Grass-fed meat just may be the most healthy and potentially sustainable food source on earth. And it just might be that the very thing that some environmentalists want to blame for the widespread destruction of topsoil, watersheds, climate and human starvation—or that mainstream dietary dictocrats want to blame for things like heart disease, cancer and just about every other ill might just be–IF WE DO IT RIGHT– the very thing that can actually restore human health, feed the starving masses and even save the world!


[1] Mercier, Y., P. Gatellier, M. Renerre (2004). “Lipid and protein oxidation in vitro, and antioxidant potential in meat from Charolais cows finished on pasture or mixed diet.” Meat Science 66: 467-473.

[2] British Journal of Nutrition (2011) Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet N-3 PUFA in healthy consumers. Volume 105, pages 80-89

[3] Kraft, J., Kramer, , John, K.G., Schoene, F. et al. “Extensive analysis of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, CLA, trance-18:1 isomers, and plasmalogenic lipids in different retail beef types.” Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, June 2008, 56:4775-4782

[4] www.eatwild.com

[5] “Influence of pasture or grain-based diets …on antioxidant/oxidative balance of Argentine beef,” Meat Science 70 (2005) 35-44.

[6] Diez-Gonzalez, F., et al. (1998). “Grain-feeding and the dissemination of acid-resistant Escherichia coli from Cattle.” Science 281, 1666-8

[7] Ponnampalam, PhD., Eric N., Mann, PhD. Neil J, Sinclair, PhD. Andrew, J. “Effect of feeding systems on omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid and trans fatty acids in Australian beef cuts: potential impact on human health.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2006; 15(1): 21-29

[8] “With Corn Prices Rising, Pigs Switch to Fatty Snacks” Lauren Etter, Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2007

[9] http://www.ncga.com/upload/files/documents/pdf/woc2013.pdf

[10] http://www.ncga.com/upload/files/documents/pdf/WOC%202013.pdf

[11] http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-basics/gmos-in-food

[12] http://www.uscanola.com/site/epage/102391_956.htm

[13] http://canolacouncil.org/media/503589/canola_guide_english_small.pdf

[14] http://www.canolacouncil.org/markets-stats/markets/

[15] http://www.ifif.org/uploadimage/2012/1/4/f41c7f95817b4c99782bef7abe8082dd1325696464.pdf

[16] http://gmoinside.org/gmos-in-animal-feed/

[17] https://www.baycitizen.org/news/food/meats-origins-can-be-elusive/

[18] http://www.savoryinstitute.com/

By Nora Gedgaudas

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