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Farm to Table: What's in Your Food with Natalie Kovarik and Tara Vander Dussen

Angela is joined by Tara Vander Dussen and Natalie Kovarik, for a very special episode in which they discuss various aspects of farming and food production, focusing on dairy farming, beef, and poultry.


Angela is joined by Tara Vander Dussen and Natalie Kovarik, for a very special episode in which they discuss various aspects of farming and food production, focusing on dairy farming, beef, and poultry.

They address common concerns and misconceptions surrounding dairy products, such as the inflammatory effects of dairy and the presence of hormones, and the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef, the labelling confusion in the poultry industry, and the impact of different farming practices on the environment, emphasising the importance of food choice and transparency, encouraging listeners to make informed decisions based on their own preferences and values.

Key Takeaways

There is ongoing research suggesting that milk does not cause inflammation, but the effects may vary depending on factors such as added sugars.
Hormones naturally occur in dairy products, but the concern is more about added hormones. In the United States, RBST is no longer used in milk production.
Homogenisation is a process that breaks up the cream in milk to create a consistent texture. Non-homogenised milk may require shaking before consumption or may have cream that rises to the top.
Grass-fed, grass-finished beef may have higher omega-3 content compared to grain-finished beef. However, the omega-3 content in milk is generally low, regardless of the type of cow or diet.
Food labelling can be confusing, and it is often more helpful to directly source food from local farmers to ask questions and gain transparency about the farming practices.

Best Moments

"There is a lot of new research that is really positive in milk, not causing inflammation, depending on, you know, are you adding, you know, sugar to it as a chocolate milk, all these different things that you can or cannot do."

"I think if you have the means and access to supporting local and buying direct from the farmer, I think that's kind of the point, right? Cause then you can ask all those questions."

"I think sometimes we get so in the weeds about the conversations of, you know, like you said, Omega threes versus Omega sixes. And, um, and we kind of lose sight of the big picture, which is, you know, meat is one of the most, um, milk to, you know, whole, whole animal proteins are one of the best things we can put in our body."

"So there's a lot, I think when it comes to the environment part, that isn't necessarily true about, um, practices. And then also I think we're really, really losing sight of, um, what are, what actually happened to our bodies."


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About the Guests

Natalie Kovarik and Tara Vander Dussen are the co-hosts of the Discover Ag docu-series as well as the popular podcast Discover Ag.

Collectively they have been advocating for agriculture online on various social media platforms for over 10 years. Together they have fostered a community of over 240k, spoken on stages across the nation and globe, and empowered a community to reconnect to the agriculture industry and the hands that feed us.

Natalie: From the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, Natalie shares her ranching and familying story online to showcase the beauty behind the western lifestyle as well as foster a community who supports and trusts in Agriculture as much as she does. She and her husband (and their 3 boys) own and operate Kovarik Cattle Co, a cow calf operation with a growing registered herd where she spends a majority of her days collecting meaningful moments on the ranch bouncing around in a dusty old tractor or out in pasture on horseback. She has created an online community of over 115K, created an apparel line that gave back to ag foundations, spoken on ag stages, hosted business retreats for the ag community and co-founded Elevate Ag an online course for producers to learn to effectively use social media to share their story.

Tara: Tara is a New Mexico native, 5th generation dairy farmer, an environmental scientist, and mom of two girls. Daniel, her husband, manages all day-to-day on his family dairy farm while Tara has her own career as an environmental consultant, speaker, online agriculture advocate and podcaster. Tara has had the opportunity to speak at national and global conferences about dairy sustainability including at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Committee on World Food Security and the Forbes AgTech Summit. As well as being the co-host of Discover Ag Tara is also the co-founder of Elevate Ag, an online course to provide farmers and ranchers with the

About Angela

Angela is a Nutritionist, Health and Performance Coach. She is also the Founder and CEO of My DNA Edge, an Exclusive Private Membership Site giving individuals the tools and bio hacks needed to optimise their genetic expression for optimal health and performance.

Angela believes that we can truly have it all and has spent the last 5 years researching the habits and routines of high performers, uncovering age-old secrets, time-honoured holistic practices and modern science to create a blueprint for Optimal Human Performance.

Angela is a functional nutrition practitioner and executive health & performance coach.

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