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Animal Feed is Going Gourmet

By Christopher Stewart | July 8, 2013

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Photo: Vicky T.

With the rising concern of GMO’s, animal health, and the effects of the food we are consuming at record numbers, I believe everyone has a concern about the foods that we digest. In the times of numerous restaurants opening up every day, and the constant want of a 24-hour restaurant, food is being produced faster and faster, even if it’s not the safest. Farmers are taking notice of their animals and switching up things for the better, not just for the animal, but for the customer as well. Gourmet animal feed is now the topic of conversation, and farmers are designing specialty feed for their animal’s health and enjoyment.

Russ Kremer, a pig farmer from Missouri hasn’t purchased animal feed in over 30 yrs due to producing his own feed for his pigs. Kremer, the inspiration behind the add for Chipotle in 2011, grazes his pigs in a pasture and feeds them grains and legumes that he grows or buys from another farmer. Although it costs extra time and extra money, farmers say that they became turned off from conventional feed, which consists of corn, soybeans, blood protein, animal waste and rendered fat. According to NPR: The Salt blog, farmers are feeding their pigs everything from barley, legumes, flaxseeds, even avocados, which diners say makes the meat actually taste better because of this diet change. With less antibiotics and hormones in the feed, pigs are living happier and healthier lives, and chefs in return are loving the change.

Do you think gourmet feed will be better for the health and longevity of farmers, animals, and patrons?

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