Occasional Dose of the Difference

Many people I have talked to, in an attempt to build relationships and sell chickens, find the idea that all food is created unequal is a foreign concept.

Today's modern agricultural world has selected genetics that grow the most the fastest, and they've excelled in their purpose.

As always, when taking paths we've never been down before, we discover the unintended consequences of our actions in time.  

It's impossible for us to predict the many outcomes when everything is connected in ways we're ignorant of.

Now, for my story!

Last year, we grew a heritage breed of butternut squash in our garden.  Our plants didn't produce large quantities, but the squash that we did get were admirable.

These pictures were taken in May 2017, a good 7-8 months after coming out of the garden.  They sat on a shelf in our kitchen for that period of time.

At the same time, we had a pile of 20+ conventional butternuts, from a colony nearby, that we kept in a cool room.  

By February, they were all completely rotten and good only for the chickens.

I have learned that the nutritional properties of meats, fruits, and veggies dictate how long the item stays good for consumption.

High nutritional value means that your food will stay good much longer before it rots if it even rots at all.

So, for the unintended consequence, vast quantities of production in this case means poor shelf life and lesser nutrition.

I believe the same can be found with nearly all foods that are raised with the goal of producing the most the fastest.