Regenerative Farmer, Butcher & Nutrition Therapist
Kate Kavanaugh (@kate_kavanaugh) is a regenerative farmer, nutrition therapist, and butcher – she’s seen firsthand the way that soil health mirrors human health and the impacts an animal-based diet can have on the ecosystem and human health alike. In conjunction with that, Kate built a farm finder where people can find regeneratively raised meat right near home. She also recently launched a podcast called the Ground Work podcast exploring the interconnected themes of mind, body, and soil.
Kate lives in Adirondack area of New York. Runs a butcher shop in Denver.
Eating ruminants is a biologically appropriate diet that sustained our forebears. 2.4 million years of humans eating meat.
40% of US used to be grassland prairie. Supported bison, pronghorn, venison.
Deep rooted grasses, forbs, shrubs enabled water absorption in the prairies. Short-rooted grain crops deplete ability of soil to absorb water. Thus we are losing topsoil and fertility.
When did it go wrong? The problem of agriculture. Broken down soils restricted ability to grow enough for populations. Exacerbation around the time of Newton with a reductionist view of nature.
On a 24 hour clock, we’ve been eating processed foods for seconds.
Sacredness of eating meat. Rituals around the hunt and meat eating. The burnt offering – means to ascend in Hebrew. Death is transition of one into many, nourishing the soil.
Eating meat changed our evolution. Plant material is hard to digest. Nutrient dense mineral-rich material of meat went into creating bigger brains.
100% grass fed beef has higher omega 3/omega 6 ratio of around 1:1.5. SAD diet is around 15:1.
Phytochemicals accumulate in tissues of animals. Grass-fed meat has 5-10-15% more phytochemicals than grain-fed meat.
Plants have defensive chemicals so animals won’t eat them. Animals neutralize those phytochemicals that our body has a negative reaction to.
Glyphosate is a mineral chelator. Pulls those minerals out of the soil.
Soil is just a reflection of us. Relationship between soil and human health. Human fertility is declining; soil fertility is declining.
DNA from fungus and microbes in us outnumber our human DNA almost logarithmically.
Dirt is what soil becomes when it is no longer alive. Dirt runoff from conventional farms in rainstorms.
Has the cycle of creating scarcity created karma? Campaign to disconnect us from life, from vitality, from nourishing foods. Desertifying farmland. Disconnecting us from the universal seesaw. Nature abhors a monocrop.
Many animals killed in making an Impossible Burger. Versus the cow killed for food has helped restore the land.
Pigs and birds are monogastric and omnivorous. Need more input than grass. Kate feeds them corn, soy, sunflower. Some feed vegetables.
Farming is very different in upstate New York than western US. Quality of soil, price of property, water issues differ.
Listener asks about the vibration of eating dead meat. Kate says animals have a higher vibration than plants and it’s one that our bodies understand.
Alan Savory’s work in using large heavy hoofed animals to restore grazing lands in Africa. Bison are the most similar animal in the US.
Kate also has chicken, duck, geese, guineas. Uses guardian livestock dogs – Great Pyrenees. Aerial predators are biggest hazard. Chicken tractors at night for protection.
Kate interviews Dr. Stephan van Vliet on YouTube re: the dark matter of nutrition. You can taste the difference in nutrition.
Nose-to-tail eating important. Organs are source of trace minerals. Many need more organ meat than what is proportional in an animal to mitigate nutritional deficiencies.
Bone broth – roast the bones at 350°. 1 lb bones/quart of quality water, ACV, simmer for 48 hours. Collagen is the living matrix, piezoelectric, creates exclusion zone water, good glycine source.
How often to poop on a carnivore diet? Kate goes 1-2 times/day. May need to add magnesium. Will have shifts in microbiome over several months.
What does Kate eat? 4 year carnivore. Meat, organ meats, orchard fruits in season, tiny bit of honey, ghee, no dairy. Has great and consistent energy levels.
Menstrual cycle is a 5th vital sign. On carnivore diet, Kate has no PMS, no cramping, no pain, 28 day cycles. Need fat and minerals to make reproductive hormones. Want to be as regular as the moon.
Human fertility window is 24-48 hours. Sperm can live 5 days in the uterus. Predictable ovulation for birth control. Animals have estrus and seasonality.
Big antlers are a sign of good nourishment.
Carnivore can ease the transition into perimenopause and menopause. Progesterone is important. Morning light important, sets pregnenolone. Sungazing at sunrise ideal.
How about dessicated organ meats in capsules? Mother’s Best liver pills good. Paul Saladino’s Heart and Soil has organ supplements in addition to liver.
Do we need grains? Everyone is bio-individual, but we don’t need grains. Grains aren’t the same as carbohydrates. Botanical fruits good.
Kate’s site is Groundworkcollective.com. The farm finder of sources of grass-fed and pasture raised meats is at: Nearhome.groundworkcollective.com. TheGoundwork podcast.
kate_kavanaugh on Facebook.
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