Pig farmers in legal marijuana states feeding leftover cannabis greens to animals

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NaturalNews) The definition of “grass-fed meat” is expanding in Washington  state, where a fresh new source of all-natural animal feed has emerged from the  unlikeliest of places: the booming recreational marijuana industry. William von  Scheneidau of BB Ranch butcher shop in Seattle is one of the first livestock  farmers in the state to begin feeding his animals the leftover scraps of  commercial cannabis production, a unique rearing process that NBC News reports is revolutionizing the way many animals are being raised for food in the  Evergreen State.
Scheneidau currently sells what he calls his “pot meat”  at the historic Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, but it typically sells  out so quickly that only the earliest birds are able to get their hands on some  of it. As it turns out, pigs that eat the stems, stalks, and leaves of marijuana  plants produce delectably unique meat that is more marbled and flavorful than  typical pork. And this, not surprisingly, has created incredible demand for this  newest savory addition to the specialty meat market.
“All of a sudden  marijuana became legal a few months ago, and… the commercial growers needed to  get rid of some of their stuff,” Scheneidau said to NBC News. “So rather  than go into the compost pile, we said, ‘Let’s try it out.'”
Since pigs  are already known to eat almost anything, including the leftover brewers grains  from alcohol production, it only made sense for Scheneidau to take advantage of  the leftovers from marijuana production. And business could not be better, with  people all over the metropolitan area regularly flocking to his butcher shop for  their own fresh cuts of bacon and chops.
“The flavor of the fat is  extraordinary,” adds Scheneidau. “And [customers] love the marbling of the  fat.”

Marijuana helps pigs grow fatter naturally, without the need for hormones or  antibiotics

Besides serving as living, breathing recycling centers for the  leftover byproducts of marijuana production, Scheneidau’s pigs are also setting  a new standard for other farmers to follow who are  trying to raise commercial livestock without the use of growth hormones or  antibiotics. As it turns out, pigs that consume weed tend to gain weight about  20 percent faster than other pigs, and also grow larger  naturally.
“Schneidau’s creative reuse of a local waste product is part  of a larger trend of small farmers looking for new, free sources of livestock  feed, especially since prices for corn and soy have been on the rise,” writes  Eliza Barclay for NPR. “In addition to the pot refuse, von Schneidau has  linked up ranchers and farmers in the region with a vodka distillery and with  vegetable vendors at Pike Place Market who have waste that would otherwise end  up as compost or in the landfill.”
In other words, the legalization of  marijuana in Washington state means that small-scale farmers like Schneidau, who  are committed to raising their animals as naturally as possible, now have access  to an additional cheap source of beneficial, non-genetically modified (GMO)  animal feed. And as a result, Washington’s rural economy now has a sizable  advantage over those of other states that still adhere to the outmoded confines  of the failed war on drugs.
“This cooperative act of sustainable farming  not only reduces waste costs… and reduces feed costs… it [also] produces  some amazing pigs,” explains an announcement posted at the BB Ranch  website.
You can learn more about Schneidau’s amazing “pot pork,” as well  as peruse his shop’s other offerings, by visiting the BB Ranch website: http://bb-ranch.com
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