The health risks posed by meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on factory farms are well known. But now there’s growing evidence that organic alternatives not only eliminate those health risks, but actually provide significantly more nutritional value.
We know why products sourced from factory farms, can’t be good for our health. Animals on factory farms are fed slaughterhouse waste, blood, manure, arsenic and byproducts from corn ethanol production (which increases the rate of E. coli).
Factory farms also pump animals full of antibiotics, growth hormones, and genetically modified vaccines which, according to scientists, are associated with increased rates of breast, testicular and prostate cancers.
Organic farming prohibits the use of most of the above, including the routine administering of antibiotics and growth hormones. That fact alone leads to higher-quality animal products. But the latest science also tells us that products that come from animals raised organically provide higher levels of antioxidants, lower levels of saturated fats and cholesterol, and higher levels of healthy omega-3s and many vitamins. A new study this month says that organic milk contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk.
Here are some interesting comparisons between meat, milk and eggs from animals raised on factory farms, vs. their grassfed, free-range and organic alternatives.