Photographer's Note

Like a river, the Schlei winds its way from the Baltic coast to the town of Schleswig, 40 kilometres away. However it is not a river, but a coastal inlet. The water is not particularly deep and as you can see wind blows steadily. The Schlei and its shores are also regarded as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Schleswig-Holstein. But it is not only this landscape that is remarkable, it is the rare view that you can see here: some cattle (cattle prefer grass over other types of plants) are grazing on the banks of the firth. Today nearly all cattle are held in stables because feeding has changed.Feeding grain to cattle is probably for many reasons one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization. Only thirty years ago, grass-fed steers were 4 or 5 years old at slaughter. Today, they are 15 months and it takes enormous quantities of corn, protein supplements and antibiotics. But since it is faster it is more profitable.
But what is most important is the fact that grass-fed beef is lower in overall fat and in saturated fat, and it has the advantage of providing more crucial healthy omega-3 fats. When cattle are taken off grass they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues. As a consequence, the meat of grain-fed cattle (and also the milk) typically contains only 15- 40 percent as much omega-3s as that from grass-fed livestock. Scientists are working on a possible relation between the lack of omega-3 fats in food and the risk of incident dementia.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2507 W: 0 N: 6666] (23777)
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