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But, Why? – Knob Hill Farming

Many ask, why do you do this?

Let us tell you…

Anthropological research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. It also indicates that both ancient and modern hunter-gatherers were free of the modern inflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, that are the primary causes of death and morbidity today.

What this means is that the more omega-3 fat you eat, the less omega-6 will be available to the tissues to produce inflammation. Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 is neutral. A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet of a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation (i.e. – heart disease, because it is an inflammatory process).

Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential, but the body requires them in a ratio that is not normally achieved by the typical diet of today’s industrialized nations.

Experts think that man evolved on a diet which would have had roughly 1-2 times more omega-6 than omega-3, though there is a school of thought which argues for a 1:1 ratio. (Currently, average United Kingdom intakes are in a ratio of around 8:1 in favour of the omega-6s, while in the United States it is around 10:1.

Quick Facts

  • 20 million pounds of antibiotics are fed to America’s livestock each year. this is leading to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • EPA states that 90-95% of all pesticide residues are found in conventional meat and dairy products.
  • A French study determined that women with the highest levels of omega 3 in their tissues were least likely to have invasive breast cancer.
  • Pastured chicken compared to conventional chicken: 21% less total fat, 30% less saturated fat, and 28% fewer calories, 50% more vitamin A, 100% more Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Eggs pastured vs conventional: 10% less total fat, 40% more vitamin A, 400% more omega 3 fatty acids, and 34% less cholesterol.
  • It has been estimated that it takes 1 gallon of gas to produce 1 pound of grainfed meat.
  • Conventional animal feeds for chicken and beef often include “tankage” (the ground up flesh, hooves, feathers, and bones of other animals), chicken or cattle manure (an economic source of protein), stale pastry (good for food energy), ground cardboard (for bulking agent).  These are often labeled as “by-product feedstuff”.
  • The average food item travels 1500 miles before it is consumed.

The Pastured Persuasion

  • GMO products such as round-up resistant corn limit uptake from soil of iron, zinc and magnesium because the active ingredient of Round-Up, Glyphosphate, uses chelation to block these essential nutrients.
  • Glyphosphate residues (Round-Up) have been shown to be linked to Gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, Autism, infertility, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • An estimated 70-80% of all antibiotics sold in the US are used for fattening farm animals.
  • In 2011 more than half the ground turkey, pork chops, and ground beef collected from American supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • The US has the worlds largest population of cancer cases, autoimmune disorders, ADD, ADHD, parkinsons disease, alzheimers disease and obesity.
  • The nutrient density of our food has decreased from 15-65% over the past 40 years.