What you do not know won't hurt you, RIGHT??

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group

I am not a tree hugger, I do not protest the development in the largely rural area where I live, but I would never introduce pesticides or hormones knowingly into my children. I am sure you would not either. It is a serious disservice what the FDA is doing by not publicizing more what goes into the food we eat.

My goal is in the next few years, to be totally organic. No, I am not talking about buying the "so called" organic foods from my local grocery store. I am talking growing my own fruits and veggies, and raising my own beef and chicken. Now, do not get me wrong, I love a burger from McDonald's now and then. Or shall I say I used to?

Then I read up on the practiced they use to process their beef and how inhumane this was. Not to mention I never knew the beef, poultry, and pork I was buying at the local market was pumped full of steriods, antibiotics, and hormones. Whatever happened to doing things the old fashioned way?

These animals are raised in deplorable conditions. They are never allowed to enjoy nature in their short lives, and are not fed any natural grains or grass. Now, I am not telling you to go out and buy a cow and a bunch of birds, I am just saying slow down for a minute and think of what is on your table, and where it came from.

There are tons of organic farms out there, check them out. Most people are not aware of the dangers associated with the additives in our foods today. I was a city girl, now my chickens put eggs on my table, and we enjoy fresh milk from a dairy farm nearby.

In our occupation, we have to disclose anything which may be an issue, shouldn't this information be disclosed to us a bit more, for our health??


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Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
This is a wonderful insight into who you are. I'm not an environmentalist and my friends are not either. But we all have our points of view. Those view points tend to be along the same lines. It's all one step at a time!
Mar 09, 2007 01:48 PM #1
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Sounds like simple, old-fashioned good stewardship to me...one of the building blocks of our great nation. To be aware and to look around your home and neighborhood and community, to gather insights, to educate yourself as you have done is admirable, to say the least. As real estate professionals, we are in the unique position of sharing our insights so that those we meet may benefit.

THX for entering the GREEN is Red Hot Contest, Gloria.



Mar 09, 2007 02:28 PM #2
Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

Gloria, I love your blog.  However, I do think I should mention that we are surrounded by one of the major companies that provides meat for McDonald's (it was big news around here when they got the contract, because they buy feeder calves from the local farmers and the single mother with two kids who raises a few for extra money and so on).  By surrounded, I mean that their pastures are all around our acreage, so I get to watch how those cows (well, steers, mostly) that are intended for McDonald's are raised. 

They spend their lives on pasture.  Large pastures, well-tended pastures (meaning not manicured - the cattle do that ;-) - but taken care of so that they produce the best grass possible).  The cattle are removed from a pasture when it shows any wear, and moved to another one, so that the grass can recover and run-off into the lovely stream that runs through the pastures (and ours, come to that) can be prevented.  You likely, having your own place, know of that as pasture rotation.  The steers eat and lie down and cud and sleep and play (they come into the pastures in age groups of weanlings) and generally have a great old time.  I just TRY to replicate that as best I can in the animals we raise for our own beef.  Though ours do get backrubs and the occasional bottle of beer and access to girls during their lifetime, which isn't really practical with larger herds. 

Which is to say, don't believe everything you read, okay?  Even this - you're more than welcome to come observe for yourself, it's right out the back door and we can sit on the porch and rock and watch!


Mar 15, 2007 03:10 AM #3
John Cilladi
Keller Williams Real Estate - Exton, PA
REALTOR, EcoBroker, e-PRO

Where is Oprah when you need her?

I suggest finding a "friend" who raises beef/chicken/sheep in his/her back yard. Often people who have farmettes are looking to sell their excess meat at a very reasonable price.

Buy a freezer and stock up!

It's either that or go all veggies.

Mar 15, 2007 04:12 AM #4
Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

John, have you eaten any  spinach lately? ;-)

You'll need, of course, to examine the laws in your particular locale.  In some, you can't buy meat directly from the rancher - you'll need to buy the animal and have it delivered directly to the slaughterhouse and instruct the slaughterhouse in how you want it "packaged" - but there are ranchers who will custom-raise an animal for you and deliver it for you. 

There's also farmers' markets where you can get your meat (and veggies) directly from the grower.  They've got the appropriate permits allowing them to sell the meat that's been slaughtered in approved slaughterhouses. 

You can also hook with with The Stockman Grassfarmer and find a grass-fed beef purveyor in your neighborhood. 

You can order online from such places as Homestead Healthy Foods (I've been known to send a care package to my son in NYC of good Texas beef through them) or other such companies that you can find through Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Mar 16, 2007 02:23 AM #5
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