I’m in the middle of reading an article and came upon a quote from a veterinarian being interviewed. The quote says, “99 percent of people don’t know where their food comes from.”
Think about that for a minute… do you know where your food comes from? Your chicken, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, vegetables, fruits, etc. Do you know where they come from?
I’ve come upon some VERY disturbing facts about factory farming lately. I’ve found myself holding my breath while reading some articles and cringing while reading some others. I’m finding the book, Eating Animals, to be pretty informative. But I’m also finding it lacking as well. With the amount of research Foer did for this book, I thought there would be more facts and less stories. He seems to jump down rabbit holes that are filled with information… but flowered up. Personally, I like mostly facts with a little bit of story. I do like that Foer is relatable though. I’ll let you know when I’m done with it.
I promise when I’m writing these posts that I won’t get overly graphic. I’m sure that most of you don’t want to imagine it. Therefore, unless you want the articles I’ve read emailed to you (firstname.lastname@example.org) I will refrain from describing the horrific things animals go through on a minute by minute basis all in the name of dinner.
After the research I’ve done so far, I’ve decided I am still going to be eating meat and eggs. I just won’t be buying them from the grocery store. I will not support factory farming. Ever. And I will know where my food comes from. I refuse to be one of the 99%! While I will be eating animals still, I also know that the animals I’m eating have been treated humanely their entire lives and in the end are also killed quickly and humanely. I’ve also visited several of the truly family owned farms around NC. And I can tell you that the love they have for what they do is so evident. The smiles on their faces, the way they talk about what they do with such passion, the way they show their animals to their visitors with pride… it’s awesome! And I’ve seen where the animals grow up. Outside, eating grass, drinking fresh water, soaking in the fresh sunshine in the fresh air.
Why would I want to support corporations that do and believe the complete opposite? Corporations that believe in CAFO’s? Or corporations that define “free range” and “cage free” as 50,000 chickens in a cement building where they aren’t allowed outside. I’ve learned that those terms on eggs mean nothing. Truly free range cage free chickens are able to be outside roaming the grass, not packed so full in a building they can barely spread their wings. Or the fact that when fishermen catch shrimp, tuna etc. they kill about 50 species of animals including sharks, whales, dolphins, seahorses, and SO MANY more.
The above eggs are from Target. They are labeled “cage-free”. While the chickens aren’t in the battery-cages, they are in a building loaded with 30,000-50,000 other hens. The company that provides these eggs to Target is Rose Acre Farms. Rose Acre also distributes Egg-lands Best. They’re widely known for the serious inhumane treatment of their hens. Just an fyi.
I will admit, though. All of this information is a bit overwhelming at times. There is so much crap in our food now days you guys! It’s insane what we eat. Not just GMO’s and High Fructose Corn Syrup either! While I think owning my own farm would be so much better and easier for me personally… at the moment, it’s just not in the cards for us. Darn it! ;) But despite the overwhelming want at times to want to give up researching and just turn a blind eye, I look at my kids and decide to keep going. To keep learning.
I’m finding I’m becoming a sponge when it comes to learning this stuff. I just want to know what I can. There are things I simply can’t read or watch. Things that are too graphic for my sensitive animal loving self.
Well, looks like my blog is starting to become all about my research or rather, my thoughts on my research. But honestly, I’m not sorry. LOL! My brain sometimes feels like it’s going to explode with all this information combined with my thoughts. So I must write it out.
Thanks for “listening”… whoever is still reading,that is. ;)