NYT Blog: Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids

Wanted to share this NYT post (Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids) about some new research regarding nutrients found in organic meat & milk vs. conventionally raised products. Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids The question of whether differences in some nutrients compared with conventionally produced food are likely to translate to better health is disputed. View on well.blogs.nytimes.com   Yes, thoughtful sourcing of meat & dairy does matter when it comes to nutrient density! We know this and this is why the meat and dairy products used in SFRAW products and what you will find for sale at SFRAW, meet higher standards and can be very different than your average grocery or meat market. To learn more about how we carefully consider every ingredient we use and sell at SFRAW, check out the SFRAW Rating System. Put in place many years ago, this is how we determine, review and consider new vendors/suppliers and ingredients that we

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Rad Cat Turkey & Chicken Product Change & Our Position on HPP

Pascalization, bridgmanization, or high pressure processing (HPP),[1] is a method of preserving and sterilizing food, in which a product is processed under very high pressure, leading to the inactivation of certain microorganisms and enzymes in the food.[2]  To learn more about HPP, we recommend reviewing this article on the subject by Wikipedia here. Disappointed to learn, as of this month/Feb 2016, Rad Cat is now HPP-ing their poultry (chicken & turkey) flavors. We have discontinued the sale of these flavors due to this change. We will continue to sell their beef, lamb and venison flavors – which remain wholesome and unadulterated/are not HPP. We very much appreciate Rad Cat’s honesty and transparency in announcing this change to their processing and product handling. SFRAW only sells wholesome, unadulterated, non-denatured (with the exception of the addition of ground fresh raw bone) and minimally (ground/frozen or traditional methods of fermentation or dehydration only) or un-processed whole foods & will never sell products that have been

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Q&A: How Much Vitamin E To Add When Regularly Feeding PUFAs, Fish Oil & Fish/Seafood

QUESTION: I picked up a bottle of Eskimo-3 fish oil caps today and wanted to know the dosing. I do add fish (EcoPawz Sardine Grind or SFRAW Seafood Medley) to their meals but felt they needed a bit more. With the additional fish oil, how much vitamin E should I add? Thanks! – Julie ANSWER: Hi Julie, Good question! I’m happy to answer. 🙂 The AAFCO recommends that balanced fish oil containing diets be supplemented with 10 IU of vitamin E for every gram of fish oil per kg of diet, and their proposed nutrient profiles provides additional information regarding the addition of PUFAs in the diet. “It is recommended that the ratio of IU of vitamin E to grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) be > 0.6:1. A diet containing 50 IU of vitamin E will have a ratio of > 0.6:1 when the PUFA content is 83 grams or less. Diets containing more than 83 grams of PUFA

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SFRAW Hosts NEW Royal Fishbox Subscription Program Every Thursday Night

We’re pleased to announce a spectacular new seafood subscription program meticulously organized by Cynthia Yeh, Sustainability Coordinator at local sustainable seafood company, Royal Hawaiian Seafood called Royal Fishbox. Royal Fishbox is a weekly subscription program that provides subscribers with a variety of INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS sustainable seafood every week in a nicely packaged box format that includes educational and suggested use/preparation information for the contents of each box. Subscriptions cost $25/week and are delivered every Thursday afternoon to the SFRAW warehouse for you to pick-up. You do not need to be a SFRAW member to be a Royal Fishbox subscriber. Ever wondered what other kinds of seafood are out there? Curious to learn more about the different sustainable seafood species available in the market and in your local restaurant? Interested in learning how to prepare unique cuts of fish or how to enjoy certain species of seafood? Register now for Fishbox, a subscription program that offers a new variety of seafood every week!  Once you sign up, you can pick up your Fishbox at

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NEW Supplier: BN Ranch Truly Pastured, Local Meats (Bolinas, CA)

Some of you may have heard that we’ve recently established a relationship with a new supplier: BN Ranch. BN Ranch is Bill Niman’s new fully pastured meat company located in Bolinas, CA. First, we want to take a moment to extend a sincere “thank you” and much gratitude to our friend, strategic partner and mentor/guide, Jonathan Lewis of Pastoral Plate for facilitating and supporting this amazing connection. Thank you, Jonathan – you are wonderful! For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Bill Niman was the founder of Niman Ranch. Bill is the visionary and idealist behind the brand that had a tremendous influence on how animals were being raised for food in the US. Bill Niman demanded an ethical, humane, sustainable departure from the cruel, harmful, industrialized food system that was (and continues to be) the industry standard of modern ranching. He is no longer associated with that business, to remain true to his ideals (read more about his departure from Niman

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Pastoral Plate Now Offering SFRAW Branded Treats, Formulas, Grinds & Meals

SFRAW brand formula, treats, grinds & meals are now available through the Pastoral Plate website! Check it out: http://pastoralplate.com/category/for-fido/ We’re thrilled to announce this exciting update with our strategic partner & good friends. Now people that source exceptional, local food for their family can purchase exceptional fresh food & snacks for their four-legged family members, as well.     Special note to SFRAW members: You’ll start to see the SFRAW (and Rara Avis — yes, working on bringing all the herbals back!) branded line of products out and about in more wonderful and like-minded locations/outlets, as we expand this aspect of our business. Please don’t be concerned for how this will impact you as a member; nothing is changing for our members at the warehouse or online. In fact, this type of growth is our plan for how we will effectively sustain and support the heart & soul of SFRAW: our members & buyer’s group. As long as you purchase

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Thanksgiving Turkey Orders: Local “Beyond Organic” from Bill and Nicolette Niman in Bolinas, CA

We last took special orders for BN Ranch turkeys in 2010 and they were a huge hit – everyone loved these turkeys! My meat-eating family said it was the best turkey they have ever had in their entire lives & it has become legendary already (second only to a vegan pumpkin coconut soup I made almost 10 years ago) — wow! Please find details on ordering and the source/producer below. This information is from our shopping cart page. Please place orders for thanksgiving turkeys separately from your regular orders: http://sfraw.com/shop2012/thanksgiving.htm We don’t have final order cut-off or pick-up date information just yet, but we will let people know when the delivery/pick-up will happen ASAP so you can plan around this. Last time it was as follows: ORDER DEADLINE & ORDER PICK-UP: The order deadline is this THURS., NOV. 15th (end of day, at midnight). Turkey orders will be delivered FRESH to pick-up on the same day: TUES., NOV. 20th at the

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Lexicon of Sustainability: This is the Story of An Egg

Check out this *excellent* video that features our very own, much beloved suppliers:   David Evans from Marin Sun Farms (and his dog, Bueno — yes, Bueno loves raw!) Eric & Alexis Koefoed from Soul Food Farm and Nancy Prebilich from Gleason Ranch   Three awesome local suppliers we absolutely LOVE & support, and you support, as a member of SFRAW. Pass it on…   Lexicon of Sustainability: This is the Story of An Egg by lexicon of sustainability