More people are paying attention to where their food comes from, such as selecting sustainably sourced seafood and locally grown produce. Health expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS agrees the food origin matters. The acclaimed nutritionist recommends grass-fed beef over the factory-farmed variety. He also advises people to seek out Malaysian palm oil. Malaysia produces bountiful quantities of this nutritious and non-GMO oil without harming Mother Earth.

Bowden explains why your meat’s origin is so important: “Grass-fed meat has no antibiotics, steroids or hormones, a high amount of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and a good omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. The meat you buy in supermarkets and in most restaurants, unless labeled otherwise, is factory-farmed. It’s a toxic waste dump of chemicals and hormones, and something I would never eat. Grass-fed beef and factory-farmed beef might as well be two different animals.”

Bowden makes a similar comparison about palm oil. “There’s little doubt that some palm oil is produced in countries where deforestation takes place, and orangutan populations are decimated. This is completely unacceptable to me both as an environmental advocate, and as an animal rights advocate and animal lover.”

Why Bowden supports Malaysian sustainable palm oil.
The largest supplier of sustainable palm oil to the United States takes a different approach to palm oil cultivation. “Malaysia has one of the most modern, enlightened environmental policies in the world. Literally 50 percent of their forests are protected forever.”

Unlike annual oil seed crops, such as canola and soybean, oil palm is a perennial tree crop. “The trees grow for 30 years, producing a harvest every three months.” Bowden also challenged the accusation that palm oil harms wildlife. “Malaysia is the documented world leader when it comes to orangutan conservation.”

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These progressive actions are why he only supports palm oil responsibly sourced from Malaysia. “Malaysian palm oil – the oil I use and recommend – is not only healthy, it’s sustainable.”

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