Every Week is Mystery Meat

I think that regardless of wether you agree with my premise that we should be morally aware of how and where are meat is packaged, you would agree with me on these two scenarios.

First scenario: you go to the store to buy a pound of ground beef, the beef comes from one cow who lived a normal life eating grass with all his cow-“boys” (I know, thy’re female, you get the point).

Scenario 2: You buy a pound of ground beef that might have a thousand different cows wrapped inside. The fact that all of the “factory farm” cows are bred to eat the same, “graze” the same (used VERY loosely), and slaughtered the same by the thousands everyday. If you think you like scenario 1, take a look at this website which illustrates the issues with factory farming. It is easy to navigate and won’t take much time so even of you who prefer number 2 it won’t take much of your time

Factory Farming

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2 Responses to Every Week is Mystery Meat

  1. Grace says:

    The website is well done. Does the farm simply rescue animals or do thy eventually sell/eat them? Seems like their appeal is more emotional/compassionate than environmental or health based. Do you think someone who didn’t think turkeys were anything more than food would be persuaded to stop eating factory farm meat?

    • richaram11 says:

      I hope you don’t mind my loaded answer, there is a lot to think about here… I feel that it does go both ways as I will post later in the week. To answer your first question, farms that raise poultry, swine, and beef that are grass-eating, free-roaming animals that are actually able to walk to the slaughterhouse do not rescue animals from factory farms. They raise animals at a rate in which they are able to meet the small demand of their local area.

      I think many people would have an emotional response to seeing factory farming/slaughtering because of the treatment of animals as well as the environmental/health impacts. These farms create an incredible amount of animal waste (to be frank a lot of #2 is produced and not managed well, but also greenhouse gases like methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide) and chemical run-off into local streams and water sources. Not to mention, a single factory slaughterhouse like the poultry plant here in Harrisonburg, VA can use well over 500,000 gallons of water daily.

      Finally, I would just say that humans have been eating poultry, swine, and beef for millennia but we have only been raising our animals in this way for 40 years. I would gladly sacrifice a few dollars to make sure the animals I am eating were raised as nature intended. If that makes me some kind of hippie or radical then so be it.

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