Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Local Fresh grown Shrimp

We have a friend that has started raising shrimp over by the town of Flora.  He is a great guy, who wants to raise locally grown food for his community and surrounding areas.  The shrimp are raised in a controlled environment (small pools) and handled with upmost care.  The business is called Big Barn Shrimp Farm and is located right on the south edge of Flora on State Road 75.  You can talk to Jerry if you would like at 574-967-3266 or also follow him at Jerry sells his shrimp fresh by the pound at his store or he is planning on being at several of this years summers farmers market.  Enjoy! :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Feed them grass, not grease!


In yet another short-sighted experiment, researchers at Washington State University are feeding recycled restaurant grease to feedlot cattle in an attempt to raise the CLA levels of their meat. Although grease will indeed enhance CLA levels, it cannot compete with grass when the total nutritional value of the meat is taken into consideration. Meat from cattle raised on grass and legumes is not only five times higher in CLA than meat from feedlot cattle, it is also higher in vitamin E, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, restaurant grease is high in a type of fat called "linoleic acid" or LA that is known to stimulate tumor growth. Although grease-fed cattle will have more of the cancer-fighting CLA, they will also have higher levels of the cancer-promoting LA, perhaps canceling out the anticipated benefits.

Comments: As long as researchers focus on artificial ways to raise CLA levels in animals, we will continue to have beef that is nutritionally inferior in other areas. We will also be plagued with all the problems linked with the feedlot industry including nutrient leaching, odor, diseased animals, and the indiscriminate use of growth promoting hormones and antibiotics