The other day on Twitter someone asked me if I had a resource for finding local, grass-fed meat and dairy products, and I decided that I would mention it here as well because you guys may be interested too.
There is a website called Eat Wild which is a tremendous source of information on finding “safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles” all around the United States & Canada. Their state-by-state map has details on over 1,300 pasture-based farms which meet their criteria for providing well-cared for animals high in nutrition and free of antibiotics and added hormones.
Many of the farms are organically certified, and others lack certification but follow organic standards. By searching for and purchasing local, healthy food products, you are supporting local farming efforts instead of giant conglomerates interested only in profits. These corporate factory farms provide almost all the meat, eggs, and dairy products found in the supermarket today, coming from animals raised in confinement in large facilities called CAFOs or “Confined Animal Feeding Operations.” Choosing grassfed meat and dairy is better for the animals, better for the farmers, better for the local economy, and much better for you.
Support your local farmer, and visit Eat Wild to find a farm near you to purchase your local, pastured meat and dairy from. The animals and the planet thank you!
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