Friday, January 25, 2013

Meat, Meat. . . and more meat

One farm page on facebook,once stated, in reference to how broiler chickens are raised in factory farms: "To put all the blame on the Chicken companies is wrong. Its the population who should accept the blame, as well (and for the most part), as they want huge quantities of cheap meats." 

This is something I've talked about a long time back, too. 

As as the update on this blog, I've been nearly 2 decades as mostly a vegetarian, and yet, for years now, I've supported a diet with meat, dairy and eggs when those foods are produced humanely. 

Still. ..We cannot, as Americans or even just human beings, imagine the amounts of meat we eat to be sustainable. 

Delusional. 

It is all good and well to talk about wanting humane meats, but unless YOU REDUCE your intake of meat, you are simply wasting your time and words, words and more words. Huge volumes of meat, most people having 8-10 times more than they should ever consume a year, cannot be sustained or produced humanely. Further, the waste it produces in heart-wrenching. 

 It can't be produced by animals not modified to the point of mutilation in selective breeding and who knows what  other types of genetics foul play. CAN'T. 

Do not pretend otherwise. 

You're believing a lie. 

America DOES NOT grow enough fruits and vegetables for its citizens. 

If the meat production was scaled back to a healthy level, as it eventually must be - whether people like it or not - we could grow enough for our country and raise less livestock, healthier livestock, more diverse livestock for smaller needs. We save breeds from being wiped off the earth in ceasing our desire to only raise what grows fastest, we better use land, we have better quality food.

We talk about the conditions of factory farming being poor, but we complain about organic or raw milking being $6 to $10 a gallon. 

We want and get garbage foods subsidized by a government that does not care. 

If you consumed less, if you WASTE NOTHING. . .as everyone I personally know can do, maybe we could afford better food. . .consider that. 

But truly. . .We aren't willing to pay more and eat less to take care of the animals, land and our children. 
We look for the cheapest food raised in the most heinous way and then we eat ten times more than we need of it, and we never finish what is on our plate or our second or third plate. That . . .we and our children throw away. . .and we act as if it can be no other way.

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LUCAS FARM

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27




"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington