Meat is the staple of nearly everyone on the planet, proving sustenance and needed vitamins and nutrients to everyone no matter their location, economic status or religion. The reason is because meat is the only nutritionally complete food. If you consume meat you literally do not have to eat anything else in order to get the vitamins and minerals you need to sustain yourself. It is true that vegetables and fruits provide some valuable nutrients in much greater abundance than meat but those same vegetables are not nutritionally complete.So meat is uniquely valuable to humans and will continue to be in our lifetimes.
To provide meat for so many meat eaters, over the past fifty years the ways we raise and prepare meat for consumption has changed dramatically. This business used to be left to the local farmers who would raise cows, pigs or chickens on their local farms and then send them to butchers who would sell them to families. No however meat production is mostly in the hands of large conglomerates who have perfected growing, slaughtering and distributing meat throughout a country. Their goal is efficiency which leads to greater profits and less waste.
This has translated into very unsanitary conditions for the animals they raise and danger for those consuming the meat of these animals. These animals are raised on properties that do not allow them to live as their species is designed. They are kept their entire lives in small pens very close together and rarely allowed to move around if at all. They are fed the lowest quality grains that get mixed with feces and trash. They are given hormones to make them grow faster and antibiotics because of all the diseases in their pens. Meat from these animals ends up on the tables of most families.
What are Free Range Animals?
Free range animals spend their liveson traditional farms. For cows and sheep this means pastures with plentiful room to move and engage in habits that their breed undertake. They feed on grass their entire lives. Hens and other meat birds are allowed to roam as well, feeding on grass and grain supplements. Pigs live in corrals with space to wander and roam and are not given any growth hormones. Because of this environment, the need for antibiotics is eliminated and the animals live healthier.
Free range meat is sold by free rangebutchers who focus on the best quality meat from ethical farms. They know that grass fed meat is tastier and they support charging a higher price for these products because they are simply better quality.
What are the benefits of Eating Free Range Meat?
The main benefits of eating free range meat has been well documented and all relate to your family’s good health and the health of your local community. They are:
Better Quality Meat with More Vitamins and Nutrients:When animals are fed their natural diets, they grow stronger and produce healthier and more vitamin filled meat. Research has shown that free range pork, lamb, chicken and beef has higher levels of Vitamin Aand E, omega-3, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which is one of the most popular weight loss supplements in the world. Risks of cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, and high-blood pressure have all been greatly reduced when one consumes these important nutrients in the amounts found in free range meat. Studies show that people who eat foods containing these essential vitamins and fats have a reduced.
Community Support: Typically free range animals are raised by local farmers who own and manage the farms. They are usually family owned businesses where they know the meat distributors and the retailers who sell their free range chicken and free range lamb personally. So when you purchase free range meat you are also supporting your local community.
Free range meat is also the right ethical choice because they use humane techniques including ethical butchers to slaughter and prepare the animals. When you look at all of the benefits, it is easy to see why there is so much fuss about free range meats.