STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....

STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....
.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Monday, March 24, 2008

Beef is a "GREEN THING", too!!

Why is it that some people stomp their feet and swear that the beef industry is anti the environment? Please, the facts......

For example,

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has been honoring Environmental Stewardship for 17 (yes, SEVENTEEN) years, via the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). According to a report in the January 2008 issue of BEEF magazine, this year there were six regional winners. In the selection committee's words, "The six regional winners have made extensive efforts to work closely with their local communities and government agencies."

Let me review these six operations:
1. From Pennsylvania: Paul and Beth Wingard work the family farm, running 70 cow-calf pairs and 10 yearlings on 125 acres. The Wingards have worked with NRCS and the Fish and Wildlife Service; they participate in Pennsylvania Project Grass, Clarion County Graziers, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, local 4-H clubs, and have established partnerships with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Farm/Game Project.

2. From Alabama: the Dee River Ranch is a family-owned operation that includes 10,000 acres. Approximately 2,500 have been set aside for forages and cattle; 4,000 have been entered in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP); 3,500 are planted in corn, wheat, and soybeans. Mike Dee and his sister work with NRCS and Alabama's Cooperative Extension System, and the Alabama Rural Medicine Program.

3. From Missouri: the Oak Knoll Ranch is a 100 head cow-calf operation on 360 owned acres and 120 leased acres. Leon and Helen Kreisler work with the Department of Conservation and NRCS, and became one of the organizing members of the Advanced Graziers Group. They are actively involved in preserving wildlife habitat.

4. From Oregon: the Roaring Springs Ranch is a cow-calf/stocker operation with more than 6,200 cows and calves, 150 horses, 2,500 acres of meadow hay and 1,200 acres of alfalfa. The ranch also leases land from BLM, the state and other private owners. The ranch "initiated and implemented the nationally recognized Catlow Valley Fishes Conservation Agreement," in addition to working with BLM on prescribed burn practices that have improved wildlife and watershed habitat.

5. From California: the Yolo Land & Cattle Co., a family-owned limited partnership, is a cow-calf/stocker operation on over 12,000 acres of deeded and leased land. The Stone family has implemented a vegetative managedment plan, rotational grazing, grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands, and invasive weed control programs. They work with NRCS, U.C. Davis, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

6. From Kansas: the Alexander Ranch is 7,000 acre, custom grazing operation with 500-700 cow-calf pairs or 2,500 yearlings (on a rotational grazing program). The ranch works with NRCS and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and provides and maintains a broad wildlife and aquatic species habitat.

These are the stars, perhaps, of this stewardship program, BUT these operations are NOT unique. The average American truly has little concept of how many environmentally-sensitive and conscientious farmers/ranchers are working to preserve THEIR own habitat and lifestyle, not just to be 'globally' wise, but because it is in their blood, in their very nature as nurturers of life and land.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What SCIENCE Says About Beef!? Yes, there is more and more GOOD SCIENCE about BEEF!

It is so sad that so many people do not understand the importance of BALANCE in their diet.

Too many people, esp. women and children, fall short of balanced nutrition when they give up beef, and as a result, suffer from chronic anemia and low iron (4 million children are iron-deficient in U.S. and childhood iron deficiency is associated with behavioral and cognitive delays). What's more:
Research demonstrates that iron-deficient children have lower motor scores when tested in infancy, at age 5, and in early adolescence. Anemic new mothers who took iron supplements experienced a 25% reduction in depression and stress. Incredibly, 84% of children studied who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also suffered from low iron stores; in fact, those with the greatest iron deficiency had the most severe ADHD symptoms. Iron and zinc-rich foods, eg: beef, are important first foods in infants, especially for breastfed infants. Finally, overweight toddlers, aged 1-3 years, NOT in daycare, seem to be at a greater risk for iron deficiency.

In addition:

More and more studies confirm that lean red meat does NOT increase cardiovascular risk factors; it can improve bone health and contribute to bone health, esp. in middle-aged and seniors; help COMBAT obesity in toddlers, children, and teens; improves cognitive ability; helps against postpartum depression in women; is a natural SOURCE of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid that appears to have CANCER-fighting properties as well as positive effects on cardiovascular disease, body composition, insulin resistance, immune function, and bone health....

A review of 54 studies provides SUBSTANTIAL evidence that trimmed, lean red meat does not raise LDL or total blood cholesterol and does not increase cardiovascular risk factors.

And for those dieting, dietary protein is far more satisfying and capable of reducing anxiety in dieters than carbohydrates and fat.

More about these various studies can be found in the following periodicals: the JOURNAL OF NUTRITION, the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, the ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, the JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH, in PEDIATRICS, and in NUTRITION.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The GOOD news about beef!? Yes, the GREAT news about eating meat!

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Many people believe that they cannot eat beef; they believe that beef is BAD, or harmful and should be avoided. Sadly, they cling to this biased and unfounded thought, when it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even if they like the flavor or taste of meat, they avoid it.

Well, the good news is that this is a MYTH…one fallacy after another.

Even the FAT in beef is not all bad! How can that be true? Well, the beef industry is raising beef that is leaner and contains less visible fat than it did just 10 years ago. Also, it’s now been proven that HALF the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated, the same heart-healthy kind of fat that is found in olive oil.

AND:

32% of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, which studies show has a neutralizing effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Beef is the BEST source of iron -- called heme-iron -- and the easiest to be absorbed into the body. It is far superior to spinach, so move over Popeye!

Beef is easy to digest and aids in the healing of the body.

MORE GOOD NEWS:

There are at least 29 cuts of beef classified as lean or extra lean, according to USDA labeling guidelines, and these cuts contain 6.2 grams of total fat and 2.3 grams of saturated fatty acids per 3-ounce serving.

So? If that’s what you’re looking for, look for these cuts of meat: eye of the round, top round, round tip, top sirloin, bottom round, top loin, tenderloin and flank steak.

AND THERE’S EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!

Beef contains conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid that recently has sparked a lot of interest in the scientific community, due to its numerous potential health benefits. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found naturally in beef and dairy products. Animal studies have shown it to have many benefits.

THESE INCLUDE:
CLA has been found to be more powerful than any other fatty acid in preventing the formation and slowing the growth of cancerous tumors.

CLA can help to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass.

CLA appears to help normalize blood glucose levels and can help prevent diabetes.

CLA is believed to contribute to a healthy heart by helping to lower
serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

CLA stimulates the immune system and is believed to have positive effects on bone health.

AND, HERE’S A BIT MORE GOOD NEWS FOR GOOD NUTRITION!

Every body needs ZINC. It plays an essential role in: growth and development; maintaining the immune system; healing of wounds; even in taste perception and appetite control.

There's much more to say about BEEF'S benefits, too.....in comparison to other meats, it contains trace minerals, including selinium. All GOOD things for your body!