Which Would You Choose?
Many animals in factory farms never see direct sunlight; their feet never touch the earth, and they are unable to behave naturally. Chickens are crammed tightly into small cages stacked on top of each other; the birds cannot spread their wings or peck the ground. Pigs cannot root or nest; they live indoors, packed together on slatted or concrete floors. Cows are confined to stalls indoors or on dirt- and manure-covered feedlots. An estimated 70% of all antibiotics in the U.S. are fed to pigs, poultry and cattle merely to promote growth and to compensate for the unsanitary and confined conditions on factory farms. This medically unnecessary use of antibiotics fosters the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to other animals and humans.
“Meat production in the United States has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Many of today's farms are actually industrial facilities, not the peaceful, idyllic family farms most Americans think of." www.farmsanctuary.org
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola - Beef, in its natural grass-fed state, is a health food of the highest order. Meat from grass-fed animals has half the saturated fat and has two to six times more omega-3 fats than that from grain-fed animals. Specifically, chickens that feed on pasture have 21 percent less total fat, 30 percent less saturated fat, 28 percent fewer calories and 100 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than do chickens given high energy specialty feeds. Furthermore, Grass-fed beef is loaded with other natural minerals, vitamins, and is a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that reduces risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.
“When we switch from grain-fed to grass-fed meat, then, we are simply returning to the diet of our long-ago ancestors, the diet that is most in harmony with our physiology. Every cell and every system of our bodies will function better when we eat products from animals raised on grass."
Why Grassfed Products are Better For You, www.mercola.com