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British Journal of Nutrition: Grass fed Beef can change blood chemistry in as little as four weeks

i Apr 19th No Comments by
Not all beef is alike.  Scientific studies are validating the anecdotal evidence that Linden Leas customers have been sharing with us for years.

The following study shows that in as little as four weeks changing red meat consumption to that with the healthy fat profiles of the beef marketed in NS by our only quality endorsed member farm Linden Leas, will make a significant difference for the better to the long chain omega 3 fatty acid balance in the platelets in human blood.


British Journal of Nutrition / Volume 105 / Issue 01 / January 2011

Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet n-3 PUFA in healthy consumers



GRUp AGM is set for April 25, 2013

i Apr 9th No Comments by

We are happy to extend the invitation to all current members of Grass Roots Up Co-operative Ltd. as well as interested individuals.

Our AGM will be hosted at the Sunrise Merchantile, Tatamagouche, NS

Doors open at 7pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30pm


  • Welcome all New Members
  • Q & A
  • Update on GRUp’s Progress
  • Nominations and Elections of Directors
  • Sister/Brother Co-ops

We hope to see you there.  Nominations for directors will be accepted from the floor but we encourage you to please send these in advance to info@grassrootsupcoop.ca

Your board of Directors

How I became a food activist

i Mar 23rd No Comments by

I have always been someone who likes to know where things come from and how they work. I have always valued quality and time tested methods over quick and convenient. For me, though, the tipping point was really my becoming a mom.  Sort of by accident, I became a food activist.

While I have always been attentive to my health and sustainable agriculture, it was my deep rooted maternal instinct to ensure that my children not only eat the best possible food, (which for me means local if possible) but that I also participate directly in ensuring the security of safe, healthy, food. That is how it started. I joined a CSA (community shared agriculture) for my vegetables. I joined a CSF (community supported fishery) for fish.

When I moved to Nova Scotia in 2005 I began buying the majority of my beef direct from Linden Leas. When I heard the news that not only was this farm under threat as a result of the toll of the BSE crisis on Nova Scotia beef farmers, but that our public officials didn’t seemed understand how critical it was to protect and support this irreplaceable resource, I just couldn’t do nothing. I started a petition. I paced around my house worrying about what my kids would eat if we could not have access to the kind of quality, sustainable agriculture that I had been taking for granted.

I am proud that the petition I started to help Linden Leas has grown into something bigger, with a life of it’s own. Not only do we have the opportunity to help Nova Scotians secure grass fed beef; we can grow and share the knowledge base of how farming should be; we can support economic development in rural Nova Scotia; we can participate in our own health and well being; we can take action without waiting for the political will to catch up.

Not long after Grass Roots Up Co-operative was formed, I commented to my husband, “I think I’ve become a food activist.” He smiled and replied, “Yes, you have.”

Equity Tax Credit approved* for new investment in GRUp

i Feb 15th No Comments by

“Your Equity Tax Credit application has been approved. Attached is a copy of your Certificate of Registration. The original will be mailed.”   This was recently received in an email from Philip Hatheway, Policy Analyst,Taxation and Fiscal Policy, Nova Scotia Department of Finance.

Proceeds of this  Equity Tax Credit-ETC approved share offering of Grass Roots Up Co-Operative Limited  are to be used to purchase
a “maintained productive interest in a herd of grazing cattle” – the  “herd share”.

It is important to note
(1) Only NEW SHARE purchases by eligible investors qualify for the 35% tax credit . (Generally eligibility for rebate is  NS income tax filers, 19 and over who have paid income taxes in the last 3 years or will this year or the next 7years)
(2) The sole reason for investment must not be to get a tax rebate…if you qualify ETC  is a beneficial incentive.
(3) If share purchases ($1/share) are made before the first of March 2013 the NS Dept. of Finance mails out tax receipts for use with 2012 income tax filings.
Receipts for share purchases after that will be sent out for the 2013 tax year. 
(4) Please see the Department of Finance web site for full explanations. 
(5) and confirm with your tax advisor on 
    (a) whether you qualify 
    (b) comparison to charitable donations and 
    (c) the differences between  ETCs and other investments such as CEDIFs (we are not a CEDIF).

For details on membership and subscription please read the information about how to Join Us.

ETC Certification document for reference.

Food Miles for the family

i Jan 19th No Comments by

A great read from David Suzuki on how your family can learn about where food comes from.


Nourishing Our Children

i Jan 19th No Comments by

This is the best I have seen yet, the link is provided so as not to infringe on copy rights. Read the explanations too!!!