About Eating Meat
Notice that any information on foods that heal and fight disease ~ there is no mention of meat or dairy (for good reason.)
America is a nation of meat eaters. In recent years, high profile studies have linked meat consumption to increased risks of various diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Headlines continue to raise concerns over the health effects of excessive meat consumption.
Much attention has been on the direct link between meat intake and cancer, but more recently significant studies linked red meat to an increased risk of heart failure, type-2 diabetes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.
Health advocates and agencies recommend a balanced diet, rather than the diet of excessive meat intake we presently have in the U.S.
green2go, in our aim of making fast food truly healthy, supports the idea of reducing meat consumption substantially and while doing so, we support healthier meats: humanely or sustainably raised meat.
A Virginia-based company called Humane Farm Animal Care, has developed a set of "animal care standards" as part of its humane certification program. The criteria includes allowing animals to engage in their natural behaviors; raising animals with sufficient space and shelter; and making sure they have plenty of water and a healthy and appropriate diet without added antibiotics or hormones. Humane Farm's criteria overlap with several other humane certification programs, including the US Department of Agriculture's organic program, but they are more stringent overall, applying several standards that are not required by the USDA or other certification systems. For example, to get Humane Farm certification, a farm cannot use "tie stalls" to confine dairy cows; shine light on birds continuously to make them grow faster; or apply nose rings to pigs to keep them from rooting in the ground, all of which are allowed under the organics program. So far, about 60 farms have been certified by the company.
Another facet of raising meat humanely raised is humane slaughtering, on the farm where the animals were raised. Humane slaughtering is actually quite uncommon under the current US ranching system. Since the late 1990s, the USDA has imposed standards on meatpacking facilities that have driven many smaller packing companies out of business and increased the scale of larger facilities, which now usually require ranchers to supply a minimum number of cattle for slaughter. As a result, most ranchers now sell their cattle at livestock auctions. The cows are then driven long distances to massive feedlots to be fattened up for sale. This system wastes resources and, many ranchers say, produces substandard meat: a stressed cow is a tough cow thanks to the presence of adrenalin and other stress hormones in its flesh. The commerical slaughtering process is an awful practice...As Linda McCartney once said, "If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would become a vegetarian."
If you are concerned about having good health, start cutting your meat intake and eat humanely raised meats...Don't wait until you are in the late stages of insideous disease to have to depend on drugs ~ start now by creating true health and well-being in your body.