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Why Eat Organic Meat?

This site visitor submitted the following question about where to find organic meat and why we should eat it.

Hi Cynthia,

I’m really grateful to have found your blog! This week when I went grocery shopping I searched the labels for beef that was organic but didn’t find any. I’m wondering what the status is on this. Is it okay to eat the regular beef and chicken that is available to us?

Thanks very much,
Jennifer

Hi Jennifer

In my opinion, no it is not okay to eat beef, chicken or any other food source that is not organic. Meat that isn’t organic is pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. If the animals are eating non-organic feed then they are absorbing the pesticides, which also gets passed on to the human body when ingested. This applies to all meat by-products like milk, yogurt, eggs and cheese etc., as well.

Hormones in our food supply is linked to numerous health problems, like hormonal imbalances, PMS, severe menopause, teenagers maturing faster than they should, reproduction, feminization and cancer, while antibiotics are responsible for resistant strains of bacteria, gastrointestinal disorders and Candida overgrowth and pesticides are destructive to the endocrine system, reproductive system, immune system and central nervous system.

Whether you’re trying to improve your health or protect your health in the future, eating organic meat is an important component that should be incorporated into all healthy living plans. The body can not heal or function optimally if you consistently consume toxins like hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.

Additionally, meat pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides has a detrimental impact on the environment on the whole. These chemicals are excreted in animals manure and then make their way into ground water which can affect many ecosystems in addition to our own body. Gender and reproduction in fish has been found to be heavily influenced by hormones in the water.

Many mainstream grocery store chains are carrying a line of organic foods, so be sure to look closely in your store or ask a clerk, it might not be apparent where they are displayed. If they don’t carry a line, many stores will be willing to bring one in if you ask.

You can usually find an abundance of organic meats at your local health food store. Many large cities have a store called Whole Foods, but there are a lot of nice small stores as well. Depending on your city, you could also look for a local farmer who uses organic practices. Last, but not least, there are a variety of online stores who will deliver organic meat and produce to your doorstep. If you do a Google search, you should have no trouble finding one, however this is a more expensive option than shopping locally.

If you can’t find meats that are labeled organic, you can sometimes find products that are listed hormone and antibiotic free or free range or grass fed. These would be good choices as well.

Best Regards
Cynthia

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  • Alistaire Bilas September 13, 2013, 1:21 pm

    I experience some anxiety I cannot explain the day after I ingest meat or anything that is not labeled as organic. I attribute it to the factthat the animals are injected with hormones which stay in their flesh.

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins October 22, 2013, 10:52 am

    Hi Alistaire,

    Yes, your conclusions are probably accurate. The hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals in food that isn’t organic disrupt brain chemistry and the autonomic nervous system, which often results in anxiety.

    Best
    Cynthia

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