Although there is clearly a bent with corporate-run media outlets, they do like to put interesting nuggets of truth in with the bunch for whatever reason. This time, it’s Diane Sawyer espousing the values of growing up on a family farm – a foreign concept to many in younger generations. Sawyer was recently targeted for a lawsuit because of ABC’s expose of “Pink Slime.”
Children who grow up on the farm are generally healthier due to exposure to animals and other aspects of farm life, but also experience a significantly lower amount of sickness, allergies and hay fever. What isn’t focused on in the video is their diet – namely, the 99% chance the family pictured consumes raw milk and non-GMO foods. At least the Weston A. Price Facebook page was sure when they posted this video and said “[Because] They drink raw milk!”
In 2011, a well-circulated European study that sampled immunoglobulin E (IgE) from over 7,500 children found that children drinking raw milk are 41% less likely to have asthma and allergies. Wouldn’t that seem to align with the statistics in the video?
Furthermore, if news outlets are open about the benefits of farm life and antioxidants for immunity – why the giant push for vaccines that are admittedly ineffective? Mainstream news still shames people who opt out by focusing on nurses who get fired for refusing jabs and on bioethicists who call such people “Selfish.” I have yet to meet a small farm family I’d call selfish. Many like Mark Baker, give food away even in the face of persecution and losing the farm.
Have you wanted to transition into the farm life? The benefits go way beyond healthy eats and extend into the health benefits of the actual process of farming, gardening, and working with animals. So even if a beginner experiments and doesn’t see a profit or big grocery savings, they improved their health in more than one way. More and more, the people around me are treading the gardening-livestock process. Some prefer to stick with gardening/aquaponics and canning, while others start with some chickens and go on to have goats, perhaps some pigs and a cow.
A local experimental pig farmer told me it was surprisingly easy to raise pigs – easier than chickens! He runs one hot wire around as a pen, lets them forage, and throws food in – “not donuts and candy” he told me. One pig raised for six months supplies his family of four with meat up to twice a day for a year – they will not purchase pork or often other meats from any grocery.
Even if you don’t have land, families with pets fare better for a few reasons. Companionship, therapeutic love, but also shared immunity. Plus, many local farms open up their land for visitors all the time – you can visit with happy animals, volunteer, see how it runs, and eat homegrown. This also makes for a great homeschooling field trip.
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