The Many Benefits of Eating Locally

Farmers' markets make it easy to buy fresh, nutrient-rich food




I'm a huge advocate of what I call "clean eating." The less processed the food, the better. This is one of the many reasons I adore farmers' markets. These local venues are great places to purchase fresh, healthy food directly from the farmer or grower. And with farms across the country bustling with activity at this time of the year, it's a perfect time to go check out a local farmers' markets. (more…)

Young farmers’ plight: State regulations hinder sustainable chicken farm’s sales

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Ali Fratesi looks after one of the egg-laying chickens at Beaverdam farms as Dustin Pinion carries buckets of feed. The chickens are inside a moveable electric fencing, which allows the farmers to move the chickens along behind High Hopes Farm's grass-fed beef. The chickens scratch up cow manure in the pastures the cows have recently grazed, fertilizing the soil and eating the larvae.

Ali Fratesi looks after one of the egg-laying chickens at Beaverdam Fresh Farms as Dustin Pinion carries buckets of feed. The chickens are inside a moveable electric fencing, which allows the farmers to move the chickens along behind High Hopes Farm’s grass-fed beef. The chickens scratch up cow manure in the pastures the cows have recently grazed, fertilizing the soil and eating the larvae.

CEDAR BLUFF – Two Clay County farmers are changing the way people think about livestock farming and in the process, they hope, changing the state’s regulations for the way small farmers sell their meat. (more…)

Scientists identify the most environmentally harmful animal product in the American diet

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A new paper compares eggs, dairy, poultry, beef and pork to determine which has the biggest environmental impact.

If you guessed beef, you’re right.




Yet another study has confirmed that beef is the most environmentally harmful animal product the American diet. Beef production uses the most water, land, and nitrogen fertilizer while producing more greenhouse gas when compared to pork, poultry or eggs in a per-calorie comparison. Even dairy was found to be less resource-inefficient when compared with beef.