Q: Hi, I'm interested in buying your meats and have skimmed through your Web site and when I read the first question in your FAQ about organic I was not satisfied with the response. Do you or don't you give any of your critters antibiotics, hormones, etc.? What exactly does "we're beyond organic" mean? Also, would you happen to know if the grass/plants they feed on are heavily sprayed with pesticides or not? I have multiple chemical sensitivities and need to be very careful and do as much research as possible on the products I consume or bring into my environment.
I have been curing myself of Graves disease, without any medications/surgery, etc., which most doctors will never say is possible but my lab work clearly demonstrates reversal of the disease and normalization of labs. Graves disease is thought to be at least partially caused by environmental toxins according to some of the research (if you recall the whole Bush family, even the dog, got it as soon as they entered the White House). So to me "organic" is not at all meaningless, or "fad". And having studied chemistry and microbiology, biology, etc., and knowing viruses or arsenic, etc., can be "organic", to state this in the discussion seems like a matter of semantics and skirting the issue of organic.
It is simply the argument against using the word "natural" which truly is meaningless. Viruses, arsenic, etc., are natural but not necessarily good. That's the naturalistic fallacy, that all that is natural is better, which seems more like what you were referring to in your response. USDA certified organic, however, has a different meaning. It actually has meaning. Unlike saying "we're beyond organic." And I know many wonderful farmers that are not USDA certified organic but they follow the same philosophies and are able to clearly and honestly articulate and delineate their practices, and philosophies, and so I would still readily buy from them. So I would like to know more about your practices, please, if it's not too insulting to even ask (I read your response to the question about ethical practices).
A:We are very focused on nutritional science and learned it by studying peer-reviewed science. It got me into the grass-fed meat business eating like a cavemen in 1999. Over the years I have advanced my knowledge about proper nutrition considerably. I have studied all aspects of nutrition, food production, and food and continue to ask questions and get answers. In addition I have my own story to tell about improving my health that unequivocally underscores the fact that The Real Diet of Man works. So it is with that background that I answer all questions. It's from experience.
We are way beyond organic. For a fact most organic foods cause the Omega-3 deficiency. Many are high glycemic. Most are nutritionally deficient. Organic is primarily based on the concept that anything "chemical" touched by man is bad yet the same chemical (or other chemicals) in natural form are good. Obviously that’s a myth. And keep in mind that 99% of the detectable pesticides in plants are naturally produced by the plants themselves! For more on that here is an article about Organically Grown Poisonous Plants.
Most food borne illnesses are sourced to 100% organic things such as viruses, bacteria, molds, and fungi. Some of the deadliest toxins on earth are 100% organic -- think botulism for only one instance. The majority of toxins that plague all Americans are mycotoxins and they are 100% organic sourced. And organic food products, such as organic grain, are just as destructive to the human body as are conventionally raised grains and grain-based food products, and so on.
As for heritage critters, that in itself means nothing when it comes to nutrition. It refers to old breeds of critters (bred to be the old breeds they are by man hundreds of years ago) that have been replaced by newer "blood lines" of the same critters that have been bred by man in more recent times. Usually the heritage breeds are less efficient for numerous reasons. The nutritional characteristics of any animal we eat is totally dependent on what the animal eats and basically nothing else. (Of course that refers to a healthy animal.) As for critters selectively bred by man, well that’s what Mother Nature does. For instance deer from different regions of the nation, even though of the same breed, differ in some ways in order to adapt to their local environment.
You will not find grass-fed meat chickens anywhere. Nearly all popular meat chickens are raised in what is called a "pastured" environment and they are called "pastured chickens,", sometimes "free range." That is explained in detail in the Omega-3 poultry section of our Web site. There you will discover that our Omega-3 chickens are way beyond pastured! They are the world's healthiest chickens to eat.
Grass-fed is very meaningful in terms of nutrition for not only the animal but the person who eats it. My Web site is loaded with information on the actual nutritional benefits of eating like, what I refer to, as a caveman. Please check out the Education section of our website.
If you are focused on eating foods that are nutritionally perfect and in getting the straight scoop on what you are eating, you've come to the right place. If you are interested in mostly following popular fads (which is what I call the many beliefs reinforced by certain folks and the media who really do not understand the sound science behind livestock and nutrition), then you are not at the right place. I want new business, but I want my customers to be buying from us for the right reasons, not for beliefs that will not hold up over time as the general population learns the truth about food and food production. Today, there are many very popular websites that rely on scare tactics, mumbo jumbo, and feel good rhetoric that is preposterously off base and in some cases outright distortions of the truth. We refuse to stoop to low-life deceptive tactics to get a sale. We tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may.
Why is Going Beyond Organic So Important?
Food chemistry trumps everything. These four links explain why.