So how is Global ResQ going to do it?

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BoyandhamburgerDo what?  Feed nearly $50 million in healthy grass-fed beef to the hungry over the first 5 years… That amounts to feeding 10 pounds of healthy beef to nearly 96,000 hungry people each year, or 10 pounds of beef monthly to 8,000.

Here is the basic plan:

1.  Secure a grant to procure the necessary ranches and the cattle.  This is in process.SquareMeaters

 

2.  Develop a rapidly growing, tender, and grass loving cross-bred beef cattle.

 

 

3.  Manage the cattle grazing by usinCleantheAirg highly productive ultra-intensive grazing management that leverages the land size to increase the number of cattle raised, and which also heals the soils.

4.  Use dairy cattle to increase the number of cross-bred cattle grazing on the ranches.

5.  Acquire a well-run grass-only 2800 head dairy to provide the monthly cash flow needed to sustain the beef cattle operation.SONY DSC  SONY DSC

The business plan for all of this is written and has been vetted by a leading commercial underwriter.  We welcome you donations here so we can get the project registered in the Senate for funding this spring.

 

Why Feed them Healthy!

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There are three main reasons why the world needs the Feed them Healthy! program:

1.  Most important reason:  Feed them Healthy! provides real food to the hungry.  There are many hungry families and children.  In fact, a lot more than the statistics showing that 1 out of every 6 Americans is hungry.  Why?  Because most Americans are starved for real nutrition.  Most are being sustained by empty calories consisting of processed food filled with harmful chemicals, including unhealthy amounts of sugars and high fructose corn syrup.  Added to this hodge podge of fake food, now most items from the stores are based on GMO grains or animal products enhanced by growth hormones.  Such food does not satisfy hunger.  Instead, such food creates obesity and starts the process of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

2.  Next:  Our process of producing real food rejuvenates the soil.  We are growing chemical free grass fed beef using an advanced method of grazing management.  It is called ultra-high density grazing management or colloquially as “mob grazing.”  This grazing method management method emulates the action of the buffalo herds on the plains.  The cattle are placed on distinct plots of land (called paddocks) and moved every day or more often.  While in a particular paddock, the beef cattle eat 1/4 to 1/3 of the grass and trample the rest into the soil.  The results: There is no overgrazing.  The cows are healthier because a brand new pasture paddock loaded with healthy grass awaits them each day.  The intensity of the action in each paddock stimulates the soil.  The urine and dung fertilizes the soil.  The trampled pasture adds vast amounts of organic material to the soil.  Then, because there are at least 91 paddocks in the rotation, the pasture grasses have plenty of time to recover and generate new healthy and diverse swards of grass. In the process, the pastures explode with new growth and seeds of diverse grasses (both cool and warm weather grasses) and forbes (otherwise known as weeds) begin to grow and grow rapidly.  Then, when one cycle around the segmented pasture is completed, the herd of cattle come through again for their brief one-day or less stay to continue to stimulate the soil, add organic matter and eat the chemical free grass.

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Best of all this process restores nutrients to the soils.  Earth worms return.  Healthy microbes are able to set up housekeeping and rapidly explode in numbers, creating more healthy nutrients.  Moreover, this process also stores (or sequesters) vast amounts of carbon, cleaning the air we breathe.  And as a result of all of this, the soil captures and stores more of the natural rainfall, in essence making the flourishing ranch land less susceptible to the effects of drought.  Many ranchers report that in two or three years of this kind of grazing management, the soil actually becomes spongy.    In addition, since the grazing process is managed carefully, at the end of the natural growing season, there are still 3-4 months of edible grass remaining for the cattle.  That means the need for expensive tractors and haymaking equipment, not to mention dedicated land for hay growing is obviated.  So the whole process is much less expensive to operate.  Oh, and I failed to mention that you can raise 2-4 times the number of cattle on any particular pasture area using this method.   In sum, more healthy beef raised at lower cost, and in the process preparing the land for full organic vegetable and fruit production.

3.  Finally, the cycle is complete as those nourished by real food are much healthier.  That of course leads to lower medical costs, higher rates of academic achievement and increased energy and innovation.  In a word, a much better society.

Truly grass-fed and chemical free beef and other animal products, including dairy, are extremely healthy.  Grass-fed meat products are rich in Omega -3 fatty acids and CLAs.  The following chart shows the nutritional content of grass-fed meats.  An important measure is the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids.  The lower the ratio, the healthier one’s diet.

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As can be seen from the table grain-fed beef has a very high ration of Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s, about 31 to 1.  In sharp contrast, Grass-fed beef has nearly a 1-1 ratio.  The ideal dietary ratio is about 1-1.  People who consume the conventional or Standard American Diet (SAD) have essential fatty acid ratio’s in the range of 16-20 to 1.  Such high amounts of Omega 6’s in relation to Omega 3’s will only lead to chronic illnesses of all kinds.

If for no other reason, grass-fed beef is an ideal food.  Of course, fish and fish oil supplements also provide Omega 3’s.  But such sources have other problems.  (Heavy metal poisoning for one).

By the way, the assertions about saturated fats in the table above may not be particularly relevant for health, as saturated fats are actually quite good for you, for brain health and for essential mineral absorption.  All of these lead to better health, better capacity for educational success, less violence and in sum, a better society.

In summary, the Feed them healthy! program provides crucial nutrition for those who can least afford it, the program rejuvenates the soil, and it creates a healthier and therefore better society.

Saturated Fats from grass fed beef and dairy are good for you

This is a great video outlining the history and reasons for the “low fat” diet tsunami that has led many to completely reject the use of saturated fats. Unfortunately, as the history and video shows, such dietary advice has been completely counter-productive. Saturated fats from grass fed beef and dairy are actually very good for you and me. That’s why eating grass fed beef is one way to help save the planet, particularly when that beef is raised using intensive grazing management methods that rejuvenate the pasture soils.

Save the Planet … Really!

The following new trailer from Polyface Farms says it all.  The right agricultural management, with symbiotic processes, giving people healthy food to eat will Save the Planet and greatly reduce illness and the incentives for corporate and government tyranny.

I highly recommend watching this.  Joel Salitin has been a key influence on the development of Global ResQ’s Feed them Healthy! program.   And True Nature Ranches will be operated much as shown in this video to (1) feed healthy food to impoverished hungry families, (2) teach them how to eat better, and (3) give them an opportunity for meaningful work….  And while they are not working or learning about nutrition, we will teach any who are totally or partially illiterate how to read better and think critically.

Won’t you join us? Donate any amount here or shop here to make indirect contributions.  And if you can recommend a major individual or corporate sponsorship, see our new Corporate Sponsor brochure here.  Whatever you can do will be VERY much appreciated.  It is just time to get this started so the Feed them Healthy! message can spread throughout America and the World.

 

 

 

Why Grass Fed Beef can Save the Planet

Why Grass Fed Beef can Save the Planet….Cows mob grazing
By Wayne G. Walker, PhD

Recently an article from New Zealand featured a talk by Nora Gedgaudas who claimed that grass fed meat could save the planet.*  She focused her talk on the nutritional aspects of animal based proteins and fats.

Was Nora right?

Here are some additional insights:

To grass feed cattle from weaning to finishing, on totally organic pastures, requires a high level of hands-on grazing management, preferably using some form of ultra-high density grazing, or mob grazing.  Such methods are somewhat more labor intensive in the short-run but they have many advantages.  For one thing, such grazing actually restores nutrients to the soil, and adds a significant amount of organic material.  In that way, large amounts of carbon are sequestered into the soil.  Together, these impacts not only stop desertification, they begin to rebuild topsoil and rejuvenate the soil, prepping it for organic crop production.  So proper grass fed grazing eliminates the erosion caused by overgrazing and actually begins to restore the planet to productive health.  Moreover, the amount of carbon sequestered by the action of cattle trampling organic material into the soil more than offsets the methane produced by the grazing cattle.  The bottom line: modern grass fed cattle grazing stops deserts from forming, rejuvenates the soil and cleans the air of carbon dioxide.

In addition to healing the soil, managing cattle herds in this fashion creates healthy cattle that are no longer dependent on antibiotics and other chemicals added to the pastures.  And since such cattle are healthier, they no longer need multiple vaccinations.  And reducing the vast quantity of antibiotics used on cattle and other livestock will only reduce the rate at which vaccines lose their effectiveness in treating human pathogens.

Now, with the soil healthier and the animals healthier, the food production is naturally much more healthy for the consumers.  In fact, now the grass fed beef raised on organic pastures is completely healthy.  Why?  For one, the fats, yes the saturated fats, are excellent sources of nutrients.   And saturated fats are NOT the cause of heart disease, despite what you may have heard or believed to the contrary.  In fact, the original research that led to the widespread canard was completely fraudulent.  Look up Ancel Keys and check out the difference in the graph he showed with 7 data points that seemed to show perfect correlation between the quantity of saturated fats consumed and heart disease, and the true graph using all 22 data points that Keys possessed but did not show.  Basically, Keys misrepresented his data and the government (FDA) and the processed oil industry began scaring everyone about saturated fats.  Yet, it was all a lie.

In addition, grass fed meats are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA for short), an excellent cancer, diabetes and obesity fighter.  Best of all, by basing diets largely on animal fats and organic produce, the cravings for sugars and high fructose corn syrups goes way down.  The result, much less obesity, disease, diabetes, cancers and chronic illnesses, and at the same time much greater energy, stamina, mental acuity and overall health.

To sum, the grass fed cattle movement including advanced grazing management techniques, is good for the earth, is great for the health of the animals, and provides superior nutrition for humankind.  Ms. Gedgaudas was right.  Grass fed cattle can save the planet.

That is all well and good.  But what can you do to benefit from these insights?  Have you tried shopping for grass fed beef?  Do you know any local ranchers who can sell you a quarter of a beef?  Do you have the freezer space to store that much?

In later posts I will talk about some of these challenges.

In the meantime, we welcome your support for the “Feed them healthy!” campaign.

* http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/business/9311062/Grass-fed-meat-promises-to-revive-health-benefits






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Feed them Healthy! mission

To Feed them Healthy!, Global ResQ is applying for a major grant to establish True Nature Farms and Ranches.  These farms and ranches will be managed to advance the charitable purposes in the following ways:

  • The organic ranches will provide completely healthy, grass fed beef products that provide the right kind of nutritious fats and proteins to people in need.
  • The ranches will use a grazing method that increases the number of animals that can be raised on a given area.  This method is known as ultra-high density (mob) grazing.
  • The mob grazing management will sequester significant amounts of carbon into the soil.
  • The mob grazing management method will restore significant amounts of organic material and nutrients to the soil.  This in turn creates the following benefits:
    • Soil nutrients are restored so that future conversions of the land to crop production will yield much healthier produce.
    • The beef products are healthier because the cattle are raised on the true natural food for cattle.  Moreover, the resulting meat will be completely free of any pesticide or herbicide residues.
    • The pastures begin to hold more water during rain periods making the soils and the ranch operations much less affected by drought conditions.
    • The livestock are much healthier than livestock confined in feed yards.
    • The input costs of machinery and feed go to zero as the mob-grazed pastures are managed to provide most if not all feed requirements.
  • As the mob grazed pastures significantly improve the nutrient and organic content of the soils, after 3-4 years of grazing, soils are ready and a portion of the land will be converted to productive organic produce farming to supply organic vegetables to local food banks.
  • The healthy meat and produce products for hungry people in poverty and caught up in disasters will provide more than needed food stuffs, the natural benefits of such food will provide nutrition actually needed to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

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