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GMO Cattle and Rising Prices

GMO Cattle and Rising Prices

Sent by JUDY CHO | March 26, 2022

Hold tight, lots of things to share this week! My older son goes to a non-traditional part-time school. They focus on Socratic teaching and they allow the children to focus on things they are interested in and leveling up when they are ready.

The focus is on real-life skills and hopefully, teaching them grit, resilience and thinking outside of the box.

We met with the head founder of the school and he brought up some profound questions. We are honestly asking ourselves these questions and I thought I’d share as they may help you. These questions can apply with anything you are pursuing in your life:

1. What are two things you are trying to gain out of ______? (for us, it’s school).

If we are honest with ourselves, many parents view school as a learning daycare. I have a lot of thoughts about this but I don’t know my immediate two.

2. Where do you see the future heading and what do you want to instill in you(r children) to best prepare for that future?

There’s no guarantee that any school is right, but just like other parents, we want the best for our children and their future (one day without us). We also very personally understand, that the best for their future is not just about wealth or achievements.

The pandemic has reminded us that we need to prepare ourselves and our children for resiliency. If things don’t go as planned, we need to be able to embrace the uncertainty. We may have to let go of control and that is oftentimes where freedom begins.

(photo credit below: @twitter: Ana Fabrega.


NEWS OF THE WEEK — FDA Approves GMO Cattle

I shared about this a couple of years ago (with salmon) but it’s unfortunately become true with cattle (and pork).

Here’s the highlights:

  • The FDA has determined that meat from cattle bioengineered to have shorter hair — known as a slick coat — poses a low risk to consumers who eat it. This is the first time the FDA has made a low-risk determination in a bioengineered animal for food use, the department said.
  • The bioengineered cattle has a genetic trait that is naturally occurring and is sometimes passed on to offspring. Cattle with a slick coat tend to do better in warmer climates. In the case of the bioengineered cattle, the genes were altered using CRISPR technology by precision breeding firm Acceligen.
  • While there are several ingredients and food items from bioengineered plants on the market today, there have been more regulatory hurdles for animals to be approved. Since 2017, animals genetically modified for food have been under the FDA’s purview and regulated with the same scrutiny as new drugs. (Source)

From the corrupt history of Monsanto and GMOs, nothing good has really come out of it. Even the belief of feeding the poor and hungry is more marketing than truth. What about all the jobs lost in other countries like Mexico, when making GMO corn unbelievably cheap in the U.S? Or destroying the Mexican culture around maize?

What about the ramification of these foods on our health? Non-Hodgkins lymphoma can be caused by glyphosate exposure. More countries are banning the use of glyphosate sprays aka Roundup, except the U.S. (surprise, surprise).

I did an in-depth interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff on GMO glyphosate. While they aren’t exactly the same thing as GMO cattle, we just don’t know enough about these genetically modified cattle. But let’s take a look at GMO salmon.

Luckily, when salmon was approved to sell GMO versions, there was a lot of pushback.

GMO salmon is on the market and here are some of the concerns:

  • They may out-compete wild salmon. They can change the ecosystem in the ocean and these AquAdvantage GMO salmon reproduce faster and grow to full size in just 18 months (compared to the standard 3 years).
  • They may cause more allergies. The GMO variety may have more allergens due to genetic modification.
  • They may cause health issues. Genetically modified salmon contains higher levels of growth hormone, IGF-1 which has been found to promote cancer.
  • They can create a monopoly in the market. Aquabounty is the only company that sells this genetically modified salmon and can dictate prices. How will wild salmon producers compete, when GMO salmon have incredibly fast yield rates (half the time)?
  • You may be eating genetically modified salmon. Aquabounty can avoid the GMO labeling law.

It may take up to two years for GMO cattle to hit the market but there is a risk of increased allergies and health issues with GMO cattle. In 2009, one study showed that recombinant GH and genetically modified foods can damage organs and has also shown to increase IGF-1 which can promote cancer.

This is why I do not recommend eating organs of conventional CAFO-raised animals. The toxic effects of the liver, pancreas, renal and reproductive systems are not ideal (including on the humans eating these GMO foods).

The muscle meats are likely just fine but the organs are a riskier bet.

Beef is one of the few foods that people with heightened immune responses can tolerate. Once we tamper with this food, what will these highly sensitive people eat for healing?

You can read more about genetically modified animals, here.

I hope they will label the GMO cattle but I won’t hold my breath (GMO labeling was a battle even with plant-based GMO products).

NEWS OF THE WEEK — Rising Costs and Inflation

With the pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine tension, the world’s energy prices and supply crunch is getting worse. Gasoline for our cars is not the only energy source that has skyrocketed. Natural gas prices and coal prices have also increased.

Most of our natural gas has increased by 60% this year compared to last year. In Europe, in 2021, the natural gas prices went up by nearly 600%.

Whether this is intentional or not, this is how our family prepares:

  • We support our local ranchers and build relationships so we can cut out the middleman
  • We have chest freezers. They are very economical and some can hold more than half a steer.
  • We buy in bulk and on sale. Most grocery store sales start on Wednesday. You can still buy 5 lbs of ground beef for less than $3 per pound. You can freeze the ground beef until you’re ready to consume.
  • We cut the snacks and unnecessary drinks. Salt and meat go along way.
  • We buy canned meats in case we need them (wild salmon, chicken, oysters, sardines, etc.)

We are also eyeing land in the outskirts of Austin, in case we want to live off the land. I’m not sure if this is even realistic for a city girl like myself, but the mama bear in me will always do what I can to give my boys a decent life.

Be smart with your money. Don’t buy things out of emotion or panic. Buy, stock up, and save. Support your neighbor. People have strength in numbers, and we need to realize that truth. More than ever, we need one another.

We are going to win because we dream dreams, and we are going to stand up for those dreams. We are going to win as we stand up as one because the power of the people is stronger than the people in power. (spoken by Bono)



If you choose to eat carnivore, higher fat is ideal.


🔥Our body primarily wants to use fat or glucose for energy. You have to pick a side. (Randle Cycle)

🧬Proteins are essential building blocks for the body. Our bodies use protein only when needed but not out of preference.

🐄I suspect that ex-carnivore advocates that were fans of grass-finished nose-to-tail end up abandoning the diet because:
⚠️They are eating too lean (and have no ideal energy source)
⚠️They ate too many organ meats

💡You would think eating the best quality meat sources AND eating nutrient-dense lean organ meats with even some vitamin C would give you the BEST health on carnivore.

❗️It doesn’t hold true.

In actuality, most carnivores that eat that way do not last a year.

🦋The thyroid is part of the endocrine system and the endocrine system needs fat.

❗️Without fat, you risk hormone (and thyroid function).

❗️It’s not the need for carbs. It’s the need for fat.

❗️And you can always reduce fat levels once you are fat-adapted.

🥩🧈For example, when I first started carnivore, I ate ribeyes with 1–2 tbsps of fat. That’s about 80% fat, 20% protein in terms of total calories.

🥩Nowadays, I eat only ribeye with limited added fat. That’s now about 70% fat, 30% protein.

🎢If you feel low energy on carnivore, you might be eating too lean. If you add carbs and feel better, you probably were eating too lean.

💡You have to pick a side for energy and protein isn’t one of the sides.

⚠️Lean protein is ideal for weight loss but it’s not ideal for longevity.

⛑I’d rather have a little extra meat on my body (where women store extra sex hormones) and have optimal health.

**Randle cycle will be explained in further detail in an upcoming interview with Bart Kay!


CATG PODCAST: Ep 52. Importance of Community and Self-Empowerment

In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain episode, Laura and I share our thoughts on why community is critical for optimal health. And how to take care of ourselves when the people around us aren’t carnivores.

  • Austin Meat up
  • One Year of CATG
  • How to handle carnivore in the real world
  • Your why and your community (and what will bring you success)
  • Isolation breeds addiction
  • Mindset matters: I can’t vs. I choose
  • Honor yourself (and your boundaries)
  • Reevaluating relationships
  • Identify relationships out of carnivore
  • Accepting that Not all relationships are permanent
  • Find the bridge in relationships
  • Can you change someone?
  • Empowerment

Cutting Against the Grain celebrates one year! Thank you for all your love and support!

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Nutrition with Judy PODCAST

So excited about this conversation with Vaughn Kohler. We discuss how to overcome struggles in life, how to be successful, and how to keep fighting. I hope that this interview shares a lot of tactical ways that you can heal and be successful in this world. Vaughn and Andy Frisella were instrumental while I was writing Carnivore Cure and I hope that this conversation brings you further hope and healing.

  • Thoughts on co-hosting the MFCEO podcast
  • 3 keys to be successful
  • Thoughts on #75Hard and how to keep going
  • How to overcome struggles in life
  • Tips for people who are struggling
  • Common traits with people who are struggling
  • The dichotomy between making money and helping people
  • Bad ambition vs holy ambition
  • Story about his grandfather and God’s grace
  • Empowered Fellowship
  • Otis and Charley book series
  • Life tips to people

You can listen here and watch here.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of my friends, Brian Sanders. We talk about his upcoming film, Food Lies, as well as what he believes is an ideal diet for us to thrive and not just survive.

  • Tips on obtaining optimal health
  • Thoughts on foods
  • Thoughts on the Standard American Diet
  • The new USDA guidelines
  • About the Food Lies film, Sapien, and Nose to Tail
  • Biggest myths in nutrition and the strongest dogma
  • How seed oils are made
  • Diet is the root cause of your issues
  • Sleep, stress, and other lifestyles
  • Thoughts on community

You can listen here and watch here.

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I have been on a few channels and wanted to share some content with you! We updated our resources pages, so make sure to check out the mostly free content.

I had a fun time chatting about carnivore with the Honeycomb company. They are diet-agnostic and it was an interesting talk.

You can watch here or listen here.

It was an honor to talk about my faith and carnivore in this podcast with a fellow NTA.

You can listen here.

When I interviewed with Dr. Ben Bikman, I promised him a meaty article! The article was released this week and I hope it helps share the benefits of eating meat.

Next week, Dr. Paul Mason’s interview releases about PUFAs and clearing the misinformation in the carnivore space. If you haven’t read my PUFA article, I highly recommend reading it as it cites a lot of the studies Dr. Paul Mason mentions.

A Kind Request

The Keto Awards by Ketogenic.com and the Metabolic Health Summit have shared that I am in the running for:

  • Top Keto Educator
  • Top Keto Book (Carnivore Cure)
  • Top Keto Podcast (Nutrition with Judy)
  • Top Keto Researcher
  • Making Positivity Louder

It would mean so much to me if you could take a second and nominate me. if a carnivore wins one of these titles, it can bring more exposure to the meat-based community.

Voting ends Sunday.

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Thank you for being part of this community. ♥️

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with ♥️ and hope for healing,

While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.

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