Not all meat is created equal. The way food is grown has a significant impact on its nutritional quality--fruits, vegetables, and animal products alike. When it comes to meat, eggs and dairy, the difference really comes down to what the animal ate. It just so happens that raising livestock on pasture, a more natural habitat than a barn or a feedlot, results in healthier food for humans. (Our animal welfare standards don't dictate outdoor access for every species, but we do be
“Farm-to-table” is hardly a new term in our fast-paced food lives. It sounds trendy, but unlike IPAs and molecular gastronomy, it has inherent value. Direct farm-to-table systems support neighboring businesses, rather than corporate ones, which strengthens the local economy. Small-scale distribution also reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to feed people, since the food is grown in a driving radius of a few hours at most. In the kitchen, chefs sourcing locally get acces
One common reason people don't support their local farmers is that shopping at a supermarket is just convenient. Supermarkets are open late—sometimes 24/7—and have pretty much every item you could want. But the one-stop-shop still leaves something to be desired: understanding how your food was grown, knowing who grows it, and keeping capital in your region are just a few reasons to skip the supermarket for meat, eggs, dairy, and seasonal produce. Today there are a few ways to
Our vision is a world without factory farms, but we can't achieve this alone. You are the most important factor in making progress toward this ambitious vision. Coincidentally, we hear all the time from people who enjoy eating meat, but don't enjoy supporting factory farming. They want to know: how can they do better? That's where we come in. We've created some, simple actionable steps you can take toward a more humane and sustainable menu. Step 1: Pay attention to what you e
We've already discussed why animal products are an important part of a healthy diet, but there is a caveat: for optimal benefit, the meat, eggs and dairy should be pastured. Foods from pastured animals are much higher in many desirable nutrients like omega-3s, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Sadly, pastured meats, eggs and dairy have a reputation for being outrageously expensive.
While I've definitely seen my share of overpriced "backyard eggs," eth
Food is inherently controversial. People disagree over everything from what is healthy to what is tasty. And with controversy comes misinformation so we're tackling some very common misconceptions about current food issues. Misconception #1: There are antibiotics in your food. With roughly 80% of antibiotics sold in the US going to the food industry, the role of livestock production in the antibiotic resistance crisis is hugely important. However, it’s not antibiotics in our