Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why eat organic meat?

  • grass and other feedstuffs used must be organic (no animal by products are fed to them!)
  • livestock rearing involves strict animal welfare standards
  • growth hormones are prohibited, as is the routine use of antibiotics and other veterinary drugs. Antibiotics are only given to organic animals in cases of acute illness, when the animal might otherwise suffer.
  • no artifical light used to promote growth
  • genetic modification is not permitted
  • Naturally leaner and higher in protein
  • Contains fewer calories
  • Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • High in Vitamin E
  • Has a higher level of muscle building and energy promoting creatine
  • Much lower risk of E Coli and Campylobacter
  • High in Beta Carotene
  • Contains low levels of saturated fat
  • High in healthy Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLA’s)
  • The satisfaction of eating meat as nature intended you to!
Or, you could try going vegetarian..... Personally, I like to eat meat. I was vegetarian for over 2 years when I went through a 'don't fancy eating meat' phase. I definitely care about the welfare of the animals that I eat. This may seem hypocritical when you think about raising an animal for slaughter but if you compare the treatment of non organic and organically raised animals you may be able to understand my logic?
Hubby and I decided some time ago that we didn't want to compromise the quality of the food that we eat. We decided to eat less meat of better quality (let's face, eating organically can be expensive) and to spend our money on fresh organic produce instead of take away or highly processed food. We've both noticed a reduction in our 'hay fever' symptoms (stuffy nose, wheezing etc) and hubby's reflux has also improved since our conversion to mostly organic foods. Moo's egg and lactose intolerance have both improved and I have less eczema. That's worth the extra money to me!