This week we're excited to host guest blogger Margot Bragagnolo. 

Margot is a graduate from the Communications program at Capilano University. Having worked in the PR industry for several years she is now studying Holistic Nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) and will soon be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

We're excited to have her share her background and passion for wellness with the TVBCo family!

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“Ethically raised”, "grass-fed", "pasture-raised”…. We hear these words all the time but what do they actually mean. First and foremost it is important to understand how our meat is conventionally raised. Let me paint the picture for you.

 

Pigs, are raised indoors in crates often too small for them to even turn around. Beef cattle are raised on pasture, but are fed in massive feeding lots where they consume large amounts of grain and corn, not part of their natural diet. Some become too fat to hold themselves up.

 

Between the poor quality food, the lack of exercise and the close quarters between animals, sickness is very common. Consequently, antibiotics and other drugs are used on an ongoing basis in an attempt to keep the animals healthy. Antibiotics and hard-to-digest grains alter the bacterial balance and composition in the animals’ gut, thereby impacting the nutritional quality of the meat.

 

I would however, like to state this is the worst of the worst-case scenario. Luckily this is not the case in every farm.

 

So, with all of this in mind, it makes sense that consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about where their meat is coming from. Now let's get to the good stuff.

 

Ethically raised meat starts with the farmer and the way the animal is raised. It includes not just the animal, but the land as well. The animals spend their lives on the range grazing, free from antibiotics, hormones and steroids. Pasture -raised animals eat grass on pasture for the duration of their lives. They are allowed to live outdoors for a significant portion of their lives and get fresh air, room to move around and sunlight.

 

Grass- fed animals, are free to graze on wide-open fields, and are tended to by farmers who truly care about the health and wellbeing of their animals.  The animals live how nature intended.

 

So back to my original question. Ethically raised vs. non-ethically raised meat why should we care? The difference between these two practices is so vast that it is incomparable. Not only do ethically raised animals taste better due to lack of stress and have numerous nutritional benefits including high amounts of B12, omega 3 & 6 and less fat, you’re ensuring the animals are treated properly and humanely.  

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Let us know what you think! 

If you want to contact Margot directly she can be reached via email at [email protected] or Instagram at margotbrag.

- The Turtle Valley Bison Family