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Are you eating lots of "Natural" foods?

Saturday, February 08, 2014

My health-conscious 16-year-old daughter just found this little gem on youtube, quite entertaining and clarifying a few things:


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    do ask what your supplier feeds his chickens. We feed organic feed but if we sold our eggs we'd have to charge 6 dollars/dozen to just break even, 8 dollars to make a small profit. Needless to say, we are eating them all.
    Even our organic ration has wheat and barley in it. I supplement with lots of veggies (trimmings from our co-ops produce department), buy meal worms at 15 dollars/pound in winter for protein and fat and also add sunflower seeds and organic flax seed for fat. Sometimes I buy wild bird food that has mostly milo and millet as well. In summer the ducks and chickens eat over 70% bugs, slugs, worms, greens etc. but in the winter I have no choice.
    I just saw that tropicaltraditions sells chicken from birds that are fed with coconut leftovers from oil making. Probably better, altough if any animals were meant to eat grain it would be poultry.
    1439 days ago
    I try hard to eat all natural foods... but they're tough to come by.

    My eggs are good! raised by a local guy from hens out picking in his yard. I know those are good, and they are visibly different from commercially-produced eggs. I do wonder though... don't you have to feed chickens SOMEthing? I mean, they aren't *just* picking bugs and weeds? So, what might he be feeding them? GMO corn and soybean chicken feed? I certainly hope not. I'm afraid to ask.
    We do have a farm supply here which advertises they sell non-GMO feeds. I'm tempted to buy the feed for his whole flock and get my eggs for free! I haven't approached him from that angle, though. I don't know how much feed he'd need -?- Or if he'd even consider it. Or if he even feeds them chicken feed. I wish I could have my own.

    So far as meats, I'm still struggling along with mostly grocery-available versions. I have a source for pastured... but they'd like you (naturally) to buy in big quantity, and that doesn't work well for me. I don't use all cuts, and even CSAs sell pre-made packages of their own design. If you want to buy just particular pieces, the price naturally goes up.
    I'm lucky to live in a university town which has an animal science division. They make their slaughters available on certain days. I'm trying to empty my freezer out at the moment so I can take advantage of those meats. But, again, even though most of it is pasture raised, I can't be really certain they don't feed them some grain or other foods. I'm sure I could ask... I hope they'd tell me the truth! I think, even so, it beats buying it from an online seller and paying their higher prices with the additional expense of shipping. I can just drive down to the AS outlet! I'm eager to try it, in any case.

    We have a CSA here which I think I could probably get a lot of veggies from, in season, naturally. We have a nice little independent grocer who supports local growers, too -- I know that, because I see those rough-looking trucks coming in and offloading their goods into the store! I love that. Yes, occasionally there's a little bug-hole, or some garden soil which didn't get completely rinsed in the harvesting. But I know it's good stuff! Whether it's fresh enough to be healthier in regards to vitamins and minerals, I don't know. I hope (and believe) it hasn't been exposed to the commercial treatments for fertilizers and weed/bug control, at least. Otherwise, I do buy a fair amount of my veggies frozen in typical groceries. Not the mixed-up concoctions -- just the plain veggies. I feel more or less okay about them. I know it's not like garden-raised, but it could be worse.

    So yes, I do my best to go natural in every way I can. I think I'm still a bit behind the eight ball on 100% truly natural and healthy foods... but I'm of the opinion that you can never be sure of that unless you're raising it yourself. I wish I could do that! In the meantime, I'm muddling along as best I can.

    Thanks for that link.
    I'm glad to see your daughter recognizes what *should* be on her menu!

    1440 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2014 12:04:36 PM
    Exactly!!!! We can't get sucked into that mentality!
    1440 days ago
    Amazing! I posted it on my FB page today.
    1440 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Loved it, especially the 200% Natural.
    1440 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    Whole foods and no GMO!!!! It is a battle out there and we have to know what we are buying, I can't wait until I can grow most of my own again soon. 100% ORGANIC ALL THE WAY.
    I am not even sure an organic label means much anymore, they have such a fault percentage that is allowed now :(
    1440 days ago
    That is one reason that I don't eat natural unless it is from my garden. That I do know is natural.
    1440 days ago
    I'm happy to say I eat NO 'natural' foods! HA!

    (that video is actually sort of SAD) ;)

    1440 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2014 12:30:52 AM
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