Down With Factory Farms. Up With Meat

Going green — By on August 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

35727928 71e823dad6 m Down With Factory Farms. Up With MeatI love meat. I firmly believe that meat is good.  As a species we have eaten meat since our hunter gatherer days, and  in spite of what people are saying  about the carbon footprint of livestock and the virtues of vegetarianism, I do not believe that eating meat is  bad.

I am thrilled to find that there are those who agree with me.  Farmer, writer, and carnivore Eliot Coleman is one of them.  According to Coleman, it isn’t eating meat that is the problem, it is “the excesses of  corporate/industrial agriculture” that pollutes the planet and contribute to global warming.  In other words, its the factory farms.  Coleman makes a good point.  According to him:

“If those people concerned about rising levels of greenhouse gasses, instead of condemning meat eating, were condemning the enormous output of greenhouse gasses due to fossil fuel and fertilizer use by a greedy and biologically irresponsible agriculture, I would cheer that as a truthful statement even if they weren’t perceptive enough to continue on and mention that the only “new” carbon, the carbon that is responsible for rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere, is not biogenic from livestock but rather anthropogenic from our releasing the carbon in long term storage (coal, oil, natural gas.)”

I tend to agree and would add that on a spiritual level, the cruel treatment cattle receive in feedlots  is inhumane and just plain wrong.  Stressed animals, filled with hormones and antibiotics cannot possibly be good food for us on any level. They are not good for the earth either.

Living things are not just a commodity.  Factory farms sever the connection between cattle and keeper.  They have become animal concentration camps. We cannot mass produce meat the way we mass produce cars. It just doesn’t work and it is morally wrong– a crime against nature. But instead of blaming the meat. Let us place the blame where it belongs– on the farms.

Living Things Are Not A Commodity

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Personally, I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I do like it and consider it an important part of my diet. When I do buy it, I purchase beef from grass fed, locally raised steers. The meat may be more expensive, but it is anti-biotic and hormone free not to mention flavorful and tasty.  It costs more, but the trade off is that I and mine eat meat less often and in smaller portions– not a bad thing. I also buy organic, free range chickens.  I haven’t bought meat in a supermarket in years.

I’m with Coleman. Let’s get rid of the factory farms, not our natural, human appetite for meat.

Source: AlterNet:Eating Meat Isn’t Bad for the Planet, It’s Our System of Raising the Animals That’s Wrong

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7 Comments

  1. Pat Verma says:

    You have conceded a conflict of interest by stating “I love meat” You cannot love food and give an objective opinion. There is no firmness of anyone’s belief that meat is good. It is almost toxic in many ways, mind you I am not a vegan. Even if Homo Sapiens as species have eaten meat since our hunter gatherer days, we had to scavenge on bone marrows in trickles left over by predators. We were not supposed to farm animals for food. That is pretty unnatural. Sure the carbon footprint of livestock is not the biggest point. CO2 overload is additive effect of several other sources that can be minimized. There are many other virtues of vegetarianism, in the context of obesity diabetes pandemic that is going to cause demise of healthcare systems in countries where it is publically funded. Looking at the whole picture we are done with our meat eating days. The less we eat the better. In the amounts we are consuming it IS bad. Remember the “gathering” part of food, go for it.

  2. Roberta says:

    Hi Pat, and thanks for commenting. You are right. I am absolutelhy biased in favor of meat eating–albeit in moderation– and am far from objective as I am convinced carnivore:-) Raising animals on a family farm the old fashioned way has a natural ecology of it’s own and keeps things in balance. Not toxic at all IMHO and a whole different thing from force feeding grain to penned in cows on feedlots to mass produce meet. I agree with you, however, that the vast quantities of meat we in the developed world consue have a toxic effect on us and the environment.

    Whether one eats meat or not is a personal choice and not a moral issue. I guess that whether one is veggie or meat eater, moderation is the way to go.

  3. Going Green says:

    Personally, I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I do like it and consider it an important part of my diet.

  4. Roberta says:

    Me too:-) Thanks for reading and commenting.

  5. Kate says:

    This is a ridiculous blog full of misinformation. The human body cannot even properly digest meat. DO MORE RESEARCH

  6. Kate says:

    The fact is that there are just too many people on the earth who want to eat meat. Farms NEED to run their operations like factories to satisfy the demand. The answer is NOT to try to make farming more humane – it will never happen. The answer is to eat LESS meat.

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