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Game On!

After receiving an eye-roll from a friend attempting to (poorly) defend “quality” fast food, he asked me, “what’s your beef with beef?” Making my own face, one of disbelief, I thoughtfully answered his question with a little something like this…

Photo by Jelle S.

Cows are a bit lazy. They don’t exercise very much. If they’re lucky, they live on a free range farm, able to roam about, but most don’t have it so great. And boy, do they sure eat a lot of corn and straw (straw comes from wheat by the way). The typical cow spends its days side by side other cows getting fatter by eating corn. Although a cow’s natural diet is grass, industrial farmers insist on feeding livestock cheap feed to fatten them up. What’s the big deal? Well, if you eat these cows, animals meant to eat grass, not only do you run the risk of contracting E. coli more easily, you’re consuming nutritionally inferior food. Since you are what you eat, you are also whatever what you are eating eats! This is your beef, simplified. Still hungry?

Surprised by these basics? Test out your MOO Quotient over at my WellWire devised article on organic meats and livestock. See how your meat measures up and how you can beef up in a healthier way!

Game On

In Season

If you live in the city you might not be aware that hunters are out tracking deer right now. For a healthy, seasonal alternative to beef, consider teaming up with a local hunter to taste another game!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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