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Health and a Sustainable Food System

Isabel Mallon, a senior at Plymouth North High School and a volunteer at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market, presented her Senior Project to several judges, among them Dr. Gary Maestas, Superintendent of Plymouth Schools. Dr. Maestas was impressed with the presentation and included it in his weekly Plymouth Public Schools Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to view this very important short film. Isabel is challenging her peers, as they embark on their adult life, to think about where their food comes from, and choose local. We like that! Isabel is headed to Fordham University in the fall, and will be in the Fordham/Alvin Ailey BFA program. Congratulations, Isabel – we need more young people like you! Can’t wait to see how you change the world!

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Is 100% Grass-Fed Beef Better for Me And is It Worth It?

Is 100% grass-fed beef better for me ?

Yes!

The natural diet of a cow is grass and cows that eat a 100% grass diet provide you with meat that is richer in anti-inflammatory and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid, CLA, and lower in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids which are linked to a greater risk of heart disease. Grass fed beef also provides you with a richer source of vitamins and antioxidants that help fight cancer.

While cows raised in feedlots start their lives on a pasture diet, they are quickly fattened in confined quarters on a diet of grain, usually corn or soy, which causes their stomachs to become acidic and the resulting meat is high in omega-6 fatty acids. Feedlots put alot of stress on the cows causing a release of stress hormones  which are are present in the beef. Because feedlot raised cows are also living in tightly confined areas, they are fed antibiotics to minimize sickness.

To fatten them up further, they may also be given steroids and growth hormones, all of which ends up in your body when you eat meat from this industrial food system. Often, industrially farmed cows are given hormones by way of a waxy tablet that is inserted into the ear. When the wax dissolves and the hormones enter the blood stream, they are designed to produce that beautiful marbling of fat in the muscle. But when humans consume those hormones in their beef,the hormones have the same marbling effect on the consumers muscle. Not so tasty.

The cattle raised from your local farmers at Plymouth Farmers’ Market are 100% pasture raised and are never given grains, antibiotics, hormones, or by-products. Cows love grass, its that simple. Pastured cows are eating the food their bodies are optimized for. They are healthier, and less stressed and as they saying goes you are what you eat.

Grass fed beef costs more. That’s for sure. But families are choosing quality over quantity. Beef makes a less frequent appearance on the dining table because the long term health and environmental risks of industrial beef are the true costs that are too high to bear.

Pastured meat is also more delicious which makes it a special mealtime treat.

For more information on the nutritional benefits of 100% grass-fed beef, see Jo Robinsons work or read Sustainable Table’s piece on Animal FeedMark Bittman, recently on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, provided an enlightening discussion on America’s current food culture and in the piece provided his expert insight on healthy meat choices. Watch it below.

Visit the PFM Members who offer 100% grass-fed beef.