Full of references, and the most important take-away is:
“the average 22 year old male today has an average testosterone level roughly equal to that of a 67 year old man in 2000”
From all the links above, I found the one by Carnivore Aurelius the easiest to read to quickly find out what you are doing wrong, and if you live in a Western country, you are probably doing a few things wrong.
The author Justin deserves a medal for digging up this information!
Here is a nice road trip for you – if you live in New York City. Drive to the Valley Farmers Cooperate & Farm Store, buy some nice meat, stick it in a cooler in your car and then head to the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery which is only a 10 minute drive, taste some wine, do some apple picking and then head home.
Here is a link to the Farm Store (where you get the meat):
And took a look at the satellite view of the farm –
In contrast, take a look at this CAFO – so much green grass – because the cows aren’t allowed to graze on them! (And guess what that does to the cows? It makes them sick. And guess what happens when you eat sick animals? You… become fat and sick)
Those little houses you see are the mini cages that they put Veal in. #PETA Where are you! I strongly agree with PETA that we should not abuse animals… because what we do to them is done to us… call it Karma or whatever you like, but this is what I believe.
Anyway, the meat I got from the Hudson Valley Cooperate & Farm Store was great!
How do you order? Just dial 1-518-838-6187. Talk to the farmer directly and tell them what time you can come to pick up the goods. In my case, it was a sweet woman who asked me where I am staying and made some great tourist recommendations.
Anyway, I came by the next morning at 7:00 am (I hate traffic) and picked up some meat.
Since I was staying at “Scottys Lakeside Resort (https://www.scottyslakesideresort.com/), which had communal grills, I was able to cook my first order on wood charcoal that I brought with me from NYC. The meat tasted so good that I decided to make a second visit to get some more meat.
Anyway, during my second order I asked for some Porterhouse steaks, and the farmer told me that they cut their Porterhouse steaks to the Italian “Fiorenina” size, which is roughly 2 inches.
On their website they say “come visit us”. Too bad they are down South all the way in Georgia. That is, a 16 hour drive or 1,047 miles from New York City!
They do however have an online shop. My hopes for this farm are high because they are the subject of the a study by Quantis that shows that purchasing meat from them is a carbon negative event. Yes that’s right, buying a pound of beef from White Oak Pastures results in carbon being sequestered in to the soil. That is better than any monocultured vegetable and much better than all conventionally farmed meat – including so called ‘organic’ meat. (Organic simply means that they fed the cows organic feed, whether that feed is corn or grass, which by the way cows are not supposed to eat corn or other grains…)
As for shipping? They advertise orders over $100.00 are only $9.95 for shipping and you can upgrade to a compostable cooler for 10% of the cost of your order, so for the 1/8 cow that would be $47.50. Add $9.95 and you get $532.45. So 532.45 divied by 35 pounds comes to $15.21 per pound of beef. But this is truly grass-fed beef, the real ‘organic’ that your friends can have nothing to say about… Not Whole Foods animal Welfare Rating 4, not 5, not even 5+. This is infinity. This is beef raised the way that the Sioux hunted from Dances with Wolves…
Anyway, I will order something soon and will do a cost analysis by cut of beef compared to a conventional supermarket in New York City, and a Whole Foods in New York City.
Carbon negative farming. This is what I like to call “real organic”, or to others, the way food is supposed to be.
So I found this online shop – Carter Country Meats (cartercountrymeats.com) – and have ordered the 10 pound box of meat from here. It comes in “recycled, insulated cardboard packaging”. When it arrives, I will review the meat in another post. For now, let us consider our options, all include 2-Day Air free shipping.
5 Pound Box – $110 => $22 per pound
10 Pound Box – $190 => $19 per pound
20 Pound Box – $330 => $16.5 per pound
Since my freezer is practically full… I will opt for the 10 pound option. I will post a follow up when it arrives here.
Worried about the environment? Their boxes come in completely compostable packaging – that green stuff – called ‘Green Cell Foam’ is used instead of Styrofoam, and is fully biodegrades – as per the packaging – I have not tried composting this myself.
Anyway, check out their site and learn about the difference between conventional beef and real beef: