- Starting a Farm
- Starting a Cowshare
- Healthy Feed for Chickens
- Where to farm in the US
- farmed bivalves
- alternative preservative to E250
Q. How do I start farming the way you recommend?
A. We are an organization about nutrition not the practical how-to’s of farming. We suggest you contact AcresUSA for information on the practical aspects of grass-based farming.
Q. Can you help me start a cow-share program?
A. First look at our site realmilk.com which gives information about legal issues by state. It also shows examples of contracts that can be used. You may want to contact a local farmer who has already set up a cow share program. One farmer who has been successful at this is Chuck Oliver in Michigan, you can contact him through the Detroit Chapter of our foundation.
If you have further questions and want to contact Pete Kennedy for legal help, he can be reached at (941) 349-4984 or glfcstmnrs (at) earthlink.net. You will need to pay him a fee, which is very reasonable. When you have started, you can post your information at realmilk.com. Also, you should contact your local chapter leader from our website to inform them of the service you have available.
Q. I am confused because my farmer feeds grains to chickens; is that okay?
A. Cows and sheep are ruminants and should get mostly grass. But chickens and turkeys have to get grain or they won’t grow right or lay enough eggs. We wish farmers wouldn’t give soy because the isoflavones do end up in the egg yolks and the fat. Unfortunately, most farmers doing pasture feeding are giving soy to their chickens.
Q. I am writing because I am trying to educate a local pig farmer about the hazards of feeding soy to her pigs. Do you have any research I could pass along to her?
A. I am unaware of any research on soy-fed pork. But I think you can assume that some of the isoflavones will end up in the fat, because we know that isoflavones end up in the yolks of soy-fed chickens. I am amazed that farmers will feed soy to pigs. It is really not necessary and I think it would result in them being too lean. I think it also affects reproduction, but perhaps they are not giving it to the breeder pigs.
I am writing because I am trying to educate a local pig farmer about the hazards of feeding soy to her pigs. Do you have any research I could pass along to her?
I am unaware of any research on soy-fed pork. But I think you can assume that some of the isoflavones will end up in the fat, because we know that iroflavones end up in the yolks of soy-fed chickens. I am amazed that farmers will feed soy to pigs. It is really not necessary and I think it would result in them being too lean. I think it also affects reproduction, but perhaps they are not giving it to the breeder pigs.
Q: I have a little money put away and I am looking to purchase a piece of land that I can farm in about five years when I quit my job. If you were looking for around 10 to 20 acres of land to farm anywhere in the U.S. where would you go? To find cheap tillable land with a few cows, chickens and lambs. Any info you have would be very helpful. I talked to the folks at Polyface Farm and they said basically just go anywhere, which is not too helpful.
A: The only thing I can recommend is to be near a city with a food culture.
Q: Are farmed bivalves to be avoided? Increasingly, clams and scallops are being farmed, and to my understanding, they are either in suspended cages or on the ocean floor, happily feeding off the water column. It doesn’t sound like they’re fed by humans. The suspended cage model seems to be very safe for the environment. Farmed bivalves actually clean the waters more than a natural setting. So, if clams and scallops are farmed in a non-polluted area, do they pass the WAPF seal of approval? I have access to fresh clams from Sapelo Island, GA (don’t know if they’re farmed or not; the island produces both) and fresh Atlantic giant scallops.
A: Yes, I think they are fine. Oysters have been farmed for centuries–they put racks in the water for the oysters to grow on.
Q: Here in the Czech Republic we have an otherwise excellent organic pork farmer that unfortunately produces cured sausages that contain E250. This surprised me so I checked a food additive reference book and found it’s in the red/avoid category. I contacted the farmer and asked why they used it, they replied that they don’t know of an alternative preservative. How and where can I find an alternative to propose to this farmer?
A: I am not an expert on preservatives but I would suggest a small amount of sodium nitrite.