The Raw Feeder's Monthly Dilemma
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Sourcing high-quality meat is the raw feeder's monthly dilemma. Where to look, what to look for, and why to choose a company is tiring and maddening. So today I am sharing my favorite places to source and why.
First things first. Why am I choosing the places I am?
When looking for a source I look for these 3 main things:
These vague points are what guide me into choosing where to source for Stormy. Now let's dive into my "WHY" for each of these reasons!
Seeking out GFF/PR meats is important because of the drastic differences in the nutrition of the animal. Let's take a look at the chart below from Dogs Naturally.
Animals that are fed their biologically appropriate diet contain more key vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants.
Compared to grain fed, GFF animals are higher in vitamin A and E and has the precursor to vitamin A such as beta carotene. GFF beef is also richer in other antioxidants according to studies done by Meat Science volume 75 and 67.
Along with more nutrients, pasture-raised and finished animals are going to be lower in fat, toxins, and have a higher concentration of omega-3s. This means that with higher quality animals, it becomes easier to achieve the omega 6 to omega 3 balance. When comparing the fatty acid composition of grass-fed and finished (GFF) and grain fed it can be seen that GFF contains much less monosaturated fats and around 3 times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain fed.
While it is understandable that not everyone is going to have access to pasture-raised and finished animals, it's important to feed as high quality animals as we can.
Why Sustainable Farming?
Along with the quality of the food affecting nutritional value, how the food is treated and sourced also plays a huge role.
Sustainable farming also benefits our environment! Many vegan companies claim that their product "benefits the earth" and "saves the animals". But in reality, it does the exact opposite.
The sheer amount of land, fertilizer, and pesticides needed to grow their vegan products depletes the soil of its nutrients, creates polluted runoff, and kills many animals that are on the crop fields due to the chemicals used.
I was vegan for 5 years and thought veganized meat products were really better for the planet and animals. Being a whole plant-based vegan versus a meat substitute vegan are 2 completely different things! Meat substitute products are filled with chemicals and preservatives, contribute to greenhouse gases and water pollution from pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers whit sustainable & regenerative farming keeps our water clean by stopping polluted runoff, enhances the soil quality, and builds a diverse ecosystem.
Transparency to me is not hiding anything, being completely clear about what your company stands for, and always striving to improve.
It's important because it shows what the company's ethical standards are, builds trust in the consumer and allows for a much more open and heightened experience overall.
I look for companies who aren't afraid (or refuse) to tell you where, why, and how they get their products from. When I contact them asking if a product is GFF or organic that they don't respond with a very lengthy wordy response attempting to hide that it's not.
The place I give my business to should identify how important giving quality nutrition to our best friend is.
After diving deeper into my WHYs it's time to go over my WHEREs.
These raw feeding companies get an A+ in quality, sustainable farming, and transparency.
4. SoCo Raw
(Side Note: If you have a local farmer near you that can be a great option for sourcing as well! A lot of times they will have a bulk amount of organs and bones leftover that they will sell for very low or sometimes even free!
Some great questions to ask the farmer: Are the animals born at your farm and if not, where? Does your property use any herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers? Do you feed any GMO feed or hay? How old are the animals when butchered?)
Depending on where you're located the shipping prices of the companies above may vary. If possible do a Google search for raw companies near you! For me, shipping has never been more for $50 for around 100 lbs of food. The hunt for a quality company may be tiresome but once you build up your list you're golden!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Always Keep Exploring