ETHICAL CARNIVORE MINIMALISM

ETHICAL CARNIVORE MINIMALISM

If you're interested in becoming a more conscious consumer, then you'll likely be interested in the content produced by Aaron McKenzie from Origin of Energy. I would describe this guy as a holistic extremist. He is clearly someone who deeply considers the impact of his actions, and leads a disciplined life that is not only nourishing for himself but the environment at large.

Aaron recently documented his 6 month journey on a carnivore diet.

THE PROCESS

During this period, Aaron ate nothing but a half body of beef and 2 whole lambs sourced from local farmers. He arranged for the farmer to deliver the meat in large reusable plastic tubs, portioned out the meat himself into separate stainless steel containers, and then stored these containers in a large chest freezer. By simply rolling up his sleeves to cut some meat primals, utilising reusable packaging, and eating the animal nose-to-tail, Aaron spent less money on food per day than most and produced no waste in the process. Even the remnants of the hundreds of kilograms of bones which he used to make bone broth ended up back at good ol' Charlie Arnott's farm. Throughout his experiment he spent $13 per day on meat, eating 800g per day, and all without needing to step one foot in a supermarket.

THE MEAT SOURCE

Aaron sourced his meat from The Ethical Farmer and Malone Lamb, farmers who implement regenerative agricultural practices. Prior to slaughter, the livestock on these farms were moving, mobbing and mowing as nature intended, a process that naturally disturbs and fertilises the land whilst also ensuring it is not overgrazed and has adequate rest. Overtime, managing livestock in this way causes topsoil to build up and perennial grasses to grow taller and stronger, an ecological outcome that drags down more carbon from our atmosphere (through photosynthesis), holds more water where it can be utilized, and produces more nutrient dense food.

Check out Aaron's vlog series and blood work results if you're interested in finding out more about his experience throughout his experiment. He, amongst many others, has inspired us to continue to learn about and examine the social and environmental impacts we are having at Barbell Foods. Through our partnership with Land to Market and new product development currently in the works, we are aiming to become one of the leaders of the regenerative agriculture movement in Australia.


1 Response

Reuben
Reuben

April 24, 2020

Nice write up and some very interesting points. If we all bought animals from a local farmer and used them properly, I am sure the world would be a better place.

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