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Pasture Fed Meat

What's so great about pasture-fed meat, and where can you get it?

Once you have accepted the premise that the paleo diet is what we are optimally adapted for as a species, it follows that if we eat foods that are as close as possible to the foods our ancestors ate we will probably feel a lot healthier. Of course, it's impossible to know with 100% certainty how much of our ancestor's diet was meat, and particularly meat from big animals - and there are many viable and conflicting theories about this. But what we do know for certain is that the meat they ate was pasture fed - with no added hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, or any other industrially produced additives. Also they were lean and fit and similarly adapted to the pleistocene environment.

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The nearest we can get now to this kind of food, barring going out into the widerness with a hunting rifle, is agriculturally produced meat that comes from farms rooted in good traditional farming practice.

In the UK it is easy to assume that most meat is produced from grass fed animals, as when you go out into the countryside you can see them all out there munching away in the fields. However, it's not the case. Most are also fed animal feeds made from a variety of other plant materials that the creatures in question would not naturally want to eat, and which subsequently have a detrimental effect on their metabolism. The purpose is to change their physiology to maximise their bulk and produce a greater volume of saleable meat. This is great for the farmer and for the supermarkets, but the downside is that we end up eating something that isn't quite right.

To really appreciate the difference you just have to try finding some proper grass fed produce. If you're doing the Stoneage Month, then it's a good idea to start with this right away. You might as well go the 'whole hog'! Unfortunately it does make buying meat a little more expensive, and one of our aims is to help people form local buying groups, where you can source in bulk direct from the producers to help bring down the price a bit. In the meantime you can buy produce online if you can't get it locally. If the cost is prohibitive to start with then it won't actually kill you to consume conventionally produced meat. It's just not as good, that's all. By consuming conventionally produced meat you will still feel the benefits of going paleo by the end of the 30 day challenge.