Food

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Lisa Simeone, May 12, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    If you buy meat or dairy from supermarkets, this is what you're supporting. This is abuse, of the most grotesque kind. And virtually all factory farms engage in it. In this country, 98% of meat, poultry, and dairy products come from factory farms. You cannot claim to be an animal lover -- or simply a humane person -- if you support this. Buying meat, poultry, and dairy products from anyplace other than a small, humane farm where you know the animals aren't abused means you're supporting this. It's that simple.
     
  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I agree. I hate this.

    It's this kind of stuff that made me decide to go vegetarian almost fifteen years ago. And I'm very careful with dairy as well - I only go to the small, local farms that treat their animals well like you suggest.
     
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  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    That's pretty disgusting behavior. If you're a carnivore, consider buying from a custom butcher located near rural areas. Typically, these purchase pasture-raised animals, although you'll need to check.
     
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  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    You can also search localharvest.org for local farmers and farmers markets.

    The meat of ethically raised animals on their natural diets tastes infinitely better, and is far better for you.

    For instance, we only buy eggs from chickens that are pastured. That means they eat worms, bugs, and grass instead of grain. The eggs are phenomenal, and last far, far longer than conventional eggs. It also has a better ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6, which is what is sorely needed in our modern diet. We also only buy pastured grass fed, grass finished beef. The difference in taste is incredible.
     
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  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    A few weeks ago, I freezered a half-beef grown by my sister-in law, all pasture-grass fed and finished. Much leaner meat, and like Barbell says, very flavorful. I wasn't aware that feeding chickens grain increased the Om6 to 3 ratio though. I'll have to look into that. It's a bit of an issue if you have limited space (eg, having chickens in the suburbs for growing eggs).
     
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  6. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    True.

    Our Whole Foods carries pastured eggs from a local farm, and almost every booth at the farmers market seems to have pastured eggs, as well.

    My dream (though Mrs. Barbell says "no") is to have a small hobby farm where we can pasture raise chickens for eggs. My aunt used to do so, though they fed them grain, and there is nothing better than an egg literally fresh out of the chicken, still warm.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The cruelty! The injustice! Think about the bugs and worms, hundreds, nay, even thousands of lives extinguished to nurture your nuggets to fruition, at which point the chicken, too, loses its head with one quick swipe of its executioner's knife.

    How can you possibly be so cruel?
     
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Reminds me of the harvesting technique of the Broken Arrow Ranch (where you can purchase antelope venison):
    Sounds like a great plan for a euthanasia business: (Walk into the sunset...at Broken Arrow Ranch)
     
  9. We just got chickens! They're still young so they won't be laying eggs for a few months, but I can't wait. Right now they're getting chick ration and some other store-bought chicken food, but they'll be in a chicken tractor out in our weedy, buggy backyard as soon as it warms up enough. (They're in a kiddie pool in the office until then, which is getting a little crazy.)
     
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  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Friends of mine in Charlotte -- suburban Charlotte -- have chickens. These people have mega-money (though they started out without a pot to piss in). And they have a coop in the back yard with chickens, so you can have a fresh egg omelette anytime you like.

    My local Farmers Market has great stuff, for which I'm grateful.
     

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