Friday, November 09, 2012

Meat Gone Wild!



Whether to eat organic or not is a hot topic with some. Who would have thought a conversation about hunting, and the nutritional value of wild game, would lead to hearing about a whole other point of view when it comes to consuming organic meats. 

Although the majority of this blog will be aimed at learning about the nutritional content of wild game, in case you were at odds about trying it out, I was very interested in what I learned from a Wyoming bred native, and Veterinarian on the topic of organic meats.

Our friend, the Veterinarian, has grown up in Wyoming hunting and eating 90 percent wild game. He speaks about his own guidelines for hunting, and reasons behind his choice not to eat organic meat. His experiences and first hand knowledge on the topic of organic farms is intriguing to listen to, while he prepares for us our dinner of mule deer and antelope!

He does not hold a strong opinion regarding organic fruits and vegetables, but feels very strongly that producing and consuming organic meats is both inhumane and driven by marketing.  For example, in a case where a cow develops mastitis they are suffering immensely. On an organic farm very limited treatments would be provided for pain and infection, they will be relying soley on the animals immune system. This may result in increased morbidity and possible mortality. 

When we read "all natural" it requires no qualifications to be on the product. When you read, "grain fed" most production animals are already grain fed before they are slaughtered so it is nearly standard. This is not to add to the confusion, but to encourage you to take a deeper look in to both organic and non-organic practices for all meat production. 

Since I will be digging into an extraordinary meal containing wild game I was intrigued to learn more about the nutrient content. Check out this link to an informative study by the University of Wyoming: http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B920R.pdf

Healthy Lickings! 




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