Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – food can be medicine, or it can be poison

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - food can be medicine, or it can be poison

Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!

Have you ever heard the saying, “food can be medicine, or it can be poison?” Let’s explore that a little deeper today, on Ranch Raised.

I’m not really sure where it came from, but I have always had this deep seed within my soul that has looked at food as a gift to nourish our bodies. The healing powers of whole foods are exactly what our ancestors relied on hundreds of years ago to nourish their bodies through disease and to fuel them to be the workhorses that they used to have to be in our primitive society.

But somewhere in time, all that has been lost. Infact, America’s cheap food policy is much to blame in my opinion. Instead of valuing the nourishment that can be found in a 98 cent/pound bag of carrots people found it more convenient to pick up a bag of potato chips to serve with their supper.

Our family has been afflicted by the latest “back to school” crud. My first inclination is tap into what I can feed my family to help aid their immune systems in beating back this bug. Last night I served Beef and Noodles, with a beef roast, a rich beef broth and homemade egg noodles. It is just what I do and I think it is one of the reasons I am so passionate about growing my own food and preserving it.

Today is National Food is Medicine today. I think we all need to look at food through a different lense when we walk through the grocery store. What if we spent the majority of our food budget in the produce, dairy, and meat sections of the store and skipped those inner aisles where the crackers and chips are offered? Just some “food for thought.”


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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.

Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.

You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the Jones Ranch.

Cattle producers are her people. She will meet you at the county fair, at the sale barn, or anywhere the dusty trail leads.
karina@youragnetwork.com or visit facebook.com/ranchraisedwithkarinajones

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