Friday, January 29, 2010

Where Does Your Food Come From? PLEASE, GET INFORMED!

Where Does Your Food Come From?
Sara B Consulting Principle #3: Clean Eating you know? Do you care to know? The wonderful thing is you can choose to know and I encourage you to do so.

So what's the buzz, why do I care. I know some think it's crazy or unaffordable to buy a lb of grass fed beef or a bag of organic apples for an extra dollar or two. My goal is to help you get informed, from there you have the wonderful right to make a choice. There is always two sides to a story and I encourage you to have an opinion, this is the side I believe in and why I think there needs to be a "FOOD REVOLUTION."

Small steps, that's all you have to do. Start with one food item, one meal, grow from there...

Here's some resources for you to learn from:

I can try to share facts and info, but Michael Pollan, Author of Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Rules, will do it much better from this clip from Oprah:
the end gets cuts off but what they go on to say is "bottom get to choose what's best for you and your family"

Food Inc. Movie trailer (you can rent this on Netflix):
couple quotes from Food Inc: "You can get to vote 3 times a day." "An average meals travels 1500 miles." "you can change the world with every bite."

Simple ways for you to help:
1. shop at your local farmer's market
2. join a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)'s one in Des Moines/Ames:
3. start a garden!

Random note: I am proud to say Iowa City was voted one of the healthiest of the criteria: availability of local produce

To help make my vote count I have recently found two local farmers I can purchase food from:
Grass Run Farm in Dorchester, IA
Friendly Farm in Iowa City, IA:
I am very excited about supporting these local farmers.

Do I buy 100% organic/natural/grass fed...NO, but I make a point to commit on a few items at a time. apples were actually cheaper than regular apples at HyVee last week.

Why grass fed:

"Switching a cow from grass to grain is so disturbing to the animal's digestive system that it can kill the animal if not done gradually and if the animal is not continually fed antibiotics. These animals are designed to forage, but we make them eat grain, primarily corn, in order to make them as fat as possible as fast as possible.
Grass-fed beef not only is lower in overall fat and in saturated fat, but it has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats. These crucial healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds and fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. When cattle are taken off grass, though, and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on grain, they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues. As a consequence, the meat from feedlot animals typically contains only 15- 50 percent as much omega-3s as that from grass-fed livestock." Food Revolution by John Robbins

Last night I made:

grass fed hamburgers with sauteed mushrooms

sprinkle a little Lawry's on them or other seasoning and grill away

sauteed mushrooms in olive oil


Health Fair at Simpson College
Indianola, IA

I had a great time speaking with all the students and faculty and comparing the sugar of common high caloric drinks

5 lbs of certainly drew a crowd

Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good...

1 comment:

  1. Sara,
    Thank you for correctly presenting the information you read/viewed. I would encourage you to look into many of your local farmers/ranchers.

    I agree with all of your opinions.

    However, not ALL corn-fed animals "require" antibiotics. We raise 3 select groups of cattle. 100% Grass, Pastured Beef (on grass with grains offered) & a small group of Corn Finished beef in the winter months. Each group gets a different type of diet. These groups are determined by the time of year, and what time of year the animal was born.

    We do transition some of our animals from a 100% pasture (grass) diet to a diet that includes corn. Some animals will not do well with corn in their diet. That's ok, we treat it as an allergy & the culprit (usually grains) are removed from their diet & they are completely fine with out any anitibiotics.

    I would encourage you (& your readers) to keep learning about your food & KNOW where your food comes from! If you know your farmer/rancher, you will know what kind of diet your meat eats, the environment where it is raised. By knowing WHO your food comes from, you will ultimately make better choices.

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