When cattle are raised in feed lots on grain, the dung is not usable for helping other things grow. The animals live in a stressed out environment, caused by the small space, poor food quality given to them, and the chemicals fed to them by way of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. The stress of the living conditions increases their stress hormone cortisol, which makes the toxicity in their fat higher. This is one reason why we say if you must eat regular grocery store meat, choose lean cuts rather than fatty cuts.
On the other hand, if you eat pastured,100% grass fed, 100% grass finished meats and dairy, buy the fattiest cuts (and full fat, raw dairy) possible. Those fats are good for us.
How does poor cattle ranching affect the other crops around it? Trees are usually cut down in order to make space for the cattle ranching production. That means there is less oxygen in the air. The fumes when we pass an industrial cattle ranch are horrific, and the crops in that area are not thriving because of the toxic gases in the soil and air. The waste products are carried naturally into the water supply, and this has negative affects on the plants and animals in streams, rivers, as well as negatively affecting irrigation practices.
I'm not suggesting that we should stop eating meat if we don't want to, but I'm suggesting we ask questions from the deli man, the butcher, the grocery store personnel, the farmers, etc. Read the labels, know what the codes mean, and do not be fooled by managers' specials!
Knowledge is power, my friends.
KJ Landis, Author of Superior Self: Reaching Superior Health For A Superior Self
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