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By Cliff McConville

The difference between organic, pasture-raised beef, dairy, pork, chicken, and eggs compared to food from animals raised in conventional Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is so great that you’re really talking about completely different products.

When you eat products from CAFO-raised animals, you’re also consuming small amounts of antibiotics and other drugs in each bite. Organic, grass-fed standards, on the other hand, do not permit the use of antibiotics. With antibiotic-resistant disease being a major public health hazard, buying organic meats, dairy, and eggs is an important consideration in more ways than one.


Regularly consuming small doses of antibiotics is a surefire way to destroy your gut health, which in turn will have a detrimental effect on your overall health and immune function. Not only does it make you more susceptible to chronic disease, it also increases your exposure to antibiotic-resistant infections.


Organic grass-fed beef and other meats also tend to be leaner, and have higher levels of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also have a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Contrary to their crowded, confined, stressed-out factory farmed counterparts, organically-raised cattle, hogs, and chickens roam free on open pasture, which makes a tremendous difference when it comes to their health and well-being.


Organic farms, which tend to be far smaller in scale, also tend to provide far more sanitary conditions overall, since the animals are not kept in overcrowded buildings and manure-filled feedlots day in and day out. As a result, the animals are far less likely to harbor dangerous pathogens, which could contaminate the meat.

Unless labeled as grass-fed or pasture-raised, virtually all the meat you buy in the grocery store is CAFO raised, and tests have revealed that nearly half of the meat sold in US stores is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic-resistant strains. Grass-fed beef is not associated with this high frequency of contamination, and their living conditions have everything to do with this improved safety.


Eggs are another animal product where free-range pasturing makes all the difference in the world, both in terms of creating superior nutrition and reducing the contamination risk. As with other livestock, the salmonella risk associated with raw eggs is primarily heightened when the hens are raised in unsanitary CAFO conditions. In small organic farms where the chickens are raised in clean, spacious coops, have access to sunlight, and forage for their natural food, salmonella contamination is a very rare occurrence.


Cliff McConville is the operator of All Grass Farms, a 150-acre “pasture farm” located on IL Route 31 south of Algonquin in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  The farm produces 100% Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Berkshire Pork, Free Range Broiler Chickens, Eggs, and Turkeys, as well as organic vegetables.  The farm store is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM, or visit the farm website at .



Best in Organic Skincare Products

For those looking to brighten up those winter days with a new skincare regimen, look no further!  We’ve done a round-up of our favorite all-natural and organic skincare brands to switch up your look and leave you glowing, even at the end of a long day.  Eating and living organically is a hot trend right now, so why let your skin be the exception?  Kick the chemicals and be on your way to a fresh face.  Here are our top 5 picks:


  Farmacy Honey Potion Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56 (

This soothing mask will give your skin the moisture it needs with the soothing scent of honey and properties          that will reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  Created with natural ingredients and with a mission free of animal-testing, Farmacy is all this and more.


Dr. Roebuck’s Anti-aging Moisturizer, $45 (

Suitable for all skin-types, Dr R’s facial moisturizer can be used twice daily to soothe even the most sensitive skin.  Though their formula is created with simple ingredients, it contains powerful aging remedies.  Made in Australia and packaged in 100% recyclable materials, this moisturizer is an organic minimalist’s dream.

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, $58 (

Rest easy knowing this overnight cream is hard at work reducing fine lines and locking in several nutrients and antioxidants for a fresh, morning glow.  All-natural and vegan, this Herbivore product utilizes goji berry, red raspberry seed, and prickly pear for a heavenly scent.  With essential oils as an added benefit, your skin will be receiving a full makeover while you catch some zzz’s.

Youth to the People Age Prevention Cream, $48 (

The name says it all when it comes to this moisturizer.  Loaded with all the good things you eat, this product turns the tables and functions as one superfood for your skin by fighting environmental factors and reducing redness.  Made in the U.S.A. (California, specifically) and free of animal-testing, this is a product you can get behind.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro (TM) Whipped Cream, $60 (

This moisturizer is a dessert for your skin.  An Allure “Best in Beauty” Award winner, this formula easily absorbs leaving your skin bright and balanced.  Better yet, it’s gluten/cruelty-free and the product’s creators support the International Elephant Foundation, which exists to create “a sustainable future where elephants thrive by linking people and elephants for their mutual long-term benefit”. Win-win.


We hope this round-up of today’s trending all-natural skincare products puts you well on your way to finding a new favorite for 2017!  Get glowing, ladies!


bii Natural Salon: Buy 3 Haircuts, Get 1 Free

bii ownersAs eco-conscious, expert hair artists with ingredient sensitivities, James and Adam recognized the majority of local and national salons carry products that contain harmful ingredients to us and the Earth. “We wanted to change the salon industry for the better,” says James. Their dream of opening a salon that would keep both us and the planet beautiful came true in 2011 when they opened Bii Natural Salon. “We feel a sense of pride knowing our salon makes every effort to keep our environment pristine and our clients and staff safe from harmful ingredients,” says Adam. By providing personalized, chemical-free salon services, you can achieve beautiful, healthy hair in its natural state. Some of the many benefits include:

  • optimal condition
  • high moisture content
  • stronger texture
  • density and fullness
  • in-tact protein bonds
  • fullness and body
  • endless hair color possibilities
  • the ability to wear straight or curly hair
  • and more!

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