Despite what this article on the blog by OGP says, A TRUE farmer would never casually just think of this type of disaster as merely a financial loss. He would be there by boat trying to save what was left likely even if not allowed to do so legally. He would be doing something.
Factory farms are not ran by farmers. They are ran by CEOs, really. The disconnect between food and living beings occurs when people run these "operations" (not farms) like machines.
A real farmer would be out there with a boat or 12 if he had to trying to save his livestock, even at his own detriment, folks, more often than not. I'm sure many caring farmers did just that. The corporate machines? No. Those aren't farmers.
I know a vegan agenda would have people believe this picture shows "the average farmer'" and his view of his animals, but that is simply not true.
This photo is more about the results of the AVERAGE consumer. That is what is shows us. The consumer in America is what creates these nightmares where thousands of animals are in mass buildings where evacuation and rescue is impossible. Your demand. Your money and how you spend it, how I spend it, creates the world we want.
Let this image inspire you to become more aware of where you food comes from (I hope it reminds me, too), and let it encourage you to buy AT LEAST one more thing locally, from small farmers, as often as you can that you are certain care very much.
(Not my image, not my article from One Green Planet. My comments are directed around and toward article by One Green Planet.)