Is beef off the menu? For many people, avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. In addition, industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history. And cattle raising is a serious source of air pollution, now rivalling car pollution for damage to human health.

I don’t advocate avoidance of all meat however. I do believe in taking action to reduce and minimise in terms of food miles, animal suffering and toxins and antibiotics used in animal rearing. I also believe the respect we pay to what we put in our bodies and how our actions affect the natural environment are directly related. The inner and the outer mirror each other. They also determine overall human and planetary health.

So I believe in buying organic, buying local . And I believe in reducing consumption of meat and dairy products in line with what is best for my own personal health needs, as well as what is sustainable in terms of environmental health

I also love cows. I grew up on a farm and live next to one now. Cows have so much personality. And recently I met Rosamund Young who’s best-selling book Secret Life of Cows is truly inspirational. Rosamund is a pioneer in the organic and sustainable food movement. She also, and most importantly, embodies a truly caring and nurturing approach to how she looks after her cows and sheep.

Its farmers like Rosamund who I buy meat from. I need to know animals whose products I eat have been cared for. I need to know they have been given a decent life. That’s what we all deserve: a decent life. Please buy with care – for yourself, for animals, for the planet.

PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Vitamin B12, ZincIron, Selenium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6
Beef, ground, 85% lean meat, cooked
Nutrient Unit RDA UL per 100g % RDA
Water g 55.9
Energy kcal 256
Protein g 27.73
Total lipid (fat) g 15.3
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0
Fiber, total dietary g 0
Sugars, total g 0
Calcium, Ca mg 1000 2500 22 2.20%
Iron, Fe mg 8 45 2.93 36.63%
Magnesium, Mg mg 420 25 5.95%
Phosphorus, P mg 700 4000 238 34.00%
Potassium, K mg 407
Sodium, Na mg
Zinc, Zn mg 11 40 6.62 60.18%
Copper, Cu mg 0.9 10 0.093 10.33%
Manganese, Mn mg 2.3 11 0.012 0.52%
Selenium, Se µg 55 400 21.6 39.27%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 90 2000 0 0.00%
Thiamin mg 1.2 0.044 3.67%
Riboflavin mg 1.3 0.191 14.69%
Niacin mg 16 35 6.318 39.49%
Pantothenic acid mg 5 0.807 16.14%
Vitamin B-6 mg 1.7 200 0.428 25.18%
Folate, total µg 400 1000 10 2.50%
Choline, total mg 89.6
Betaine mg 8.2
Vitamin B-12 µg 2.4 2.79 116.25%
Vitamin A, IU IU 5000 50000 0 0.00%
Vitamin E, total 15 1000 0.47 3.13%
Vitamin D IU 600 2000 7 1.17%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 120 2000 1.3 1.08%
Fatty acids, total saturated g 5.821
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.162
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.479
Amino Acids
Tryptophan g 0.143
Threonine g 1.074
Isoleucine g 1.224
Leucine g 2.161
Lysine g 2.296
Methionine g 0.714
Cystine g 0.286
Phenylalanine g 1.079
Tyrosine g 0.854
Valine g 1.361
Arginine g 1.799
Histidine g 0.902
Alanine g 1.731
Aspartic acid g 2.496
Glutamic acid g 4.158
Glycine g 1.864
Proline g 1.402
Serine g 1.107
Hydroxyproline g 0.402

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