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Should Home Gardeners Get Into Producing Their Own Meat/Proteins?

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Touch the Soil News # 130 The logistics of raising fruit and vegetables are one thing. The pursuit of meat and protein is another.  There has been a revival of backyard chickens for eggs and meat. More and more cities that had restrictions on urban chickens are lifting or reducing them. It is hard to imagine that in 1859, residents of Manhattan were keeping over 50,000 pigs in the city. Posing the question as to whether or not home gardeners should be concerned about their own meat stems from a more basic question: Should meatpacking be more decentralized and are meat companies getting to big? This question came again to…

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Clean Meats – A Brother to Organic Vegetables

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In days past, clean meats had a biblical connotation – what meats are appropriate for people to consume. In modern times, clean meat means clean of antibiotics, growth hormones and drug products popular in medicated animal feeds. If you are like most people, the cost of clean meat coupled with the stories about confined animal feeding operations is a tough one to resolve. It leaves one with misgivings about consuming non-clean meats or struggling to justify the more costly alternative. In our local organic store, hamburger from grass fed cattle not administered hormones is $9.99 per lb. At the local discount store, regular hamburger costs $3.98 lb. So is the…

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