Skip navigation - go directly to content.Eat Wild - The Clearinghouse for Information about Pasture-Based Farming


Shop for Local Grassfed Meat,
Eggs & Dairy
Shop for Books
& Kitchen Tools
Notes & News
Grass-Fed Basics
Fruits & Vegetables
Food Safety
Healthier Animals
Environmental Benefits
Benefits for Farmers
Health Benefits
Meet Jo Robinson
How to Donate
Scientific References





Ready for the transgenic cow?

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are contemplating inserting a worm gene into our livestock. The reason for the genetic manipulation is that earlier studies determined that inserting a particular worm gene, "Fat-1," into lab mice, the animals' tissues had more omega-3 fatty acids. According to the scientists, the "obvious follow-up" would be transferring the gene to dairy cows, chickens, cattle, and pigs so the animals would produce meat, eggs, and dairy products high in Omega-3s.

Regular visitors to this site know that raising livestock on grass, which is rich in omega-3s, accomplishes the same goal. What's more, following nature's model offers a multitude of other health and environmental benefits as well.

"Transgenic mice: Fat-1 mice convert n-6 to n-3 fatty acids" JING X. KANG*, JINGDONG WANG*, LIN WU† & ZHAO B. KANG, Nature 427: 504 - February 5, 2004

Return to News





Pasture Perfect
by Jo Robinson


Home | Grassfed Basics | Eatwild Store | Meet Jo | Notes & News| Food | Resources | Site Map | Contact | Support