Over the last several months I’ve learned from documentaries (like Food, Inc. and King of Corn) and reading many many online articles/blogs about the dangers of eating corn-fed beef. If you haven’t checked into this, I strongly recommend you do. Not only is the meat bad for you but also very bad for the environment and the poor cows. Outbreaks of e.coli in spinach are strangly enough linked to this practice of feed-lot industrial cattle raising, among many other concerns.
So I mentioned a couple posts ago that we recently started buying grass-fed beef and pastured eggs from a local farm a couple hrs away in WI. Yesterday, my friend Priscilla and I decided to take a little road trip (got lost along the way!) out to the farm to see for ourselves how and what they do to raise their cattle and chicken layers (the meat chickens aren’t there yet). We were delighted to see some happy healthy looking cows who have free roam of grass and eat grass hay during the winter, and some beautiful happy healthy roaming chicken layers. They were all so cute, not to mention all the cute barn cats and the black dog who happened to have found a dead cow leg across the road and brought it to show us… :)
We are planning to save up to buy a 1/2 cow this fall to split with Priscilla and her husband. Also have planned to buy 12 chickens for the next year from them later this summer and fall. They are trialing some new types of chickens this year, called freedom rangers (? something like that… sorry we learned a lot yesterday!) which are supposed to be more apt to roaming the grass and eating bugs than the Cornish (fast-growing) breed of chickens (the white ones you usually see).
The farmers were so sweet and knowledgeable at Farm Sweet Farm, and I’m excited to support them! They are young, probably 25-30 yrs old but both grew up farming and have degrees from the UofM in agriculture and engineering, so I trust them.
Have you seen where your meat/poultry is raised? Don’t just trust whats written on the package, since terms like “Free range” and “cage free” are not regulated and those chickens could very well be given access but not ever take a step in the grass and sunshine! I challenge you to meet your food for yourself so you know what you’re eating and supporting with your money.