I came in here to type a post, but now I can’t figure out what I wanted to say. I was fired up the other day and had this whole post in my head, but clearly I should have written the post immediately instead of waiting a few days. haha! So a rambling I will go…
I’m aware I’m a passionate person. And if it’s something I’m researching and something I believe in, then I become almost obsessed with finding out any information that I can about whatever it is that I am researching. I want to read all of the things that I possibly can so that I am as well educated.
I’ve taken on a monster this time around, believe me. I’ve found that breaking it down into “bite size” pieces will make it easier. So because I started reading the book Eating Animals (which I am STILL reading, but almost done), I’m starting there. So I’m soaking up all the information I can about every animal that we put on our plates to eat. From Cows, chickens, pigs, & lamb to fish, & crustaceans. I’m learning about factory farming (CAFO’s). Not an easy thing to learn about, let me tell you. OK, I won’t actually tell you.
As a Christian, I was taught growing up to treat animals with kindness and respect. They are God’s creation after all.
“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.”
Psalm 50:10-11 (KJV)
I can’t imagine God approves of factory farms. He must weep for them.
I see the images, I see the type on the pages. Then I think… “this is wrong. How can this even happen legally?” I am not an animal rights activist per se but when I see these images or hear the stories, I become upset, and angry that factory farmed animals are treated like shit. Not to mention the workers in these “farms”. They become so ill. The conditions they work in are so horrific and nasty no human or animal should ever have to be exposed to this type of cruelty.
It was not hard to make the decision to no longer buy CAFO meat. And my husband (being the awesome that he is) is supporting this. Since all meat from the grocery store is from a factory farm (99% of all meat sold is) and because I really believe with all my being that supporting local is the best, we now get all of our meat at the Farmer’s Market from local farmers. We talk to them when we go every 2 weeks, they tell us stories, tell us a new recipe, share their new products or just make light chit chat. I learned something really amazing last weekend about one of the farms, Rare Earth Farms. When their cattle is ready to be “processed”, they truck them to the butcher, but instead of having them “processed” right away, they have them held at the butcher for about a week so they have a chance to relax. And yes, the end result is the same, they are killed, but I believe the way small farms do it is so much better than the CAFO. It’s so important to me that animals live a really good life up until their death.
Fact: The U.S. spends less on food than any other country. In fact, Americans spend less of their income on food than any other civilization in history.
I’m aware I’m a passionate person. It’s because I’m passionate that I feel so strongly about certain things that hit home with me. And where my food comes from… what I feed my family? That hits closer to home than anything ever will. I personally can’t go in the grocery store anymore and find the meat they sell appetizing. And I really wouldn’t want to eat it knowing what I know… which so far isn’t a ton, but it’s enough. Enough to know that by eating that meat, I’m supporting factory farms, and by supporting factory farming, I’m basically supporting the treatment of the factory farmed animals.
I know this was a pretty heavy post. It isn’t pretty friends.